It happened in church. We were singing a song, asking for God to anoint us with the oil of joy. The image stuck. I’ve loved this picture of anointing ever since.
This image of anointing crops up in Psalm 45:7 and Hebrews 1:9. Here’s what it says in the New Testament: "But about the Son he says, 'Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.'" (Hebrews 1:8-9).
Blue Letter Bible, one of my favorite online references says this about this image: "At feasts, people were anointed with the 'oil of gladness'. Hebrews 1:9 alludes to this inaugural ceremony of anointing, and uses it as an emblem of the divine power and majesty to which to which the Son of God has been exalted."
Isn’t this a wonderful image? Wouldn’t it be great if we anointed each other with the oil of joy in our gatherings today? I would love to have even a drip of this oil.
At times I live my life in such a rush. I run from one thing to the next, worrying how I’ll ever get it all done. I don’t often take time to truly stop and praise God for this wonderful life he has given me. He has given my husband a solid job in the military, one that fits him like a glove. He has given us a church family, a home, and dear extended family to look forward to over the holidays. He has given us a solid income so that we can pay our bills each month. And he has given us a great love for each other that only grows with time. I have so much to be joyful about. So much to praise my Savoir for, but I often don’t.
On my own I’m an overworked, crazy mess. I try to be joyful on my own, but I’m often too anxious about getting everything done. I need a joy that can only be bestowed by my Savoir. I need a joyfulness that only comes from him, and won’t diminish with time. I need to be anointed with joy today.
What about you?