But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil. ~Psalm 92:10
Oil is one of the most important commodities in daily life. The term “oil” is used generically to describe its purpose for cooking, lubrication, balming, and other uses. Oil is derived from plants and animal fat. Oil is a special term used in the Bible. David said, “I shall be anointed with fresh oil.” Let us see the importance of fresh oil.
We see a spiritual EXPLANATION.
Oil in the Bible is symbolic of the Holy Spirit. In the Parable of the Ten Virgins, all of them had lamps. However, the foolish were distinguished from the wise by their lack of oil for their lamps. The foolish ones were excluded from the marriage banquet due to their lack of oil. The Holy Spirit indwells every believer at the moment of conversion. He is the earnest of our inheritance. We are sealed by the Holy Spirit into our relationship with God. An unsaved person does not have the Holy Spirit. A lack of the Holy Spirit indicates a person is unsaved.
We see a substantial ESSENTIAL.
The Holy Spirit is the source of power for effective service for the Lord. The Lord told Zechariah, “…Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.” Micah the prophet said, “But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD…” It is said of the Apostle Paul, “Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him.” We need the Holy Spirit for abounding fruitfulness in our attitude and service to God. Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit. “And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness.” Without the Holy Spirit’s power, we are like normal men. With the Holy Spirit’s power, we have power over temptation, power for our preaching, and power with men.
We see a successive ENABLEMENT.
David said, “I shall be anointed with fresh oil.” Each new calling, endeavor, and opportunity requires a fresh anointing. Yesterday’s power will not suffice for what we need for today or tomorrow. David was anointed three different times. The first time was when Samuel poured oil on his head in the presence of David’s father and brothers in Bethlehem. The second time was when the men of Judah came and acknowledged him as king. The third time was when all of Israel came and acknowledged him as king. A fresh anointing is needed to for the enhanced responsibilities and opportunities we are given. A fresh anointing demonstrates God’s favor and approval. A fresh anointing indicates that God is in control.
We see a supernatural ENRICHMENT.
A fresh anointing is the difference-maker between success and failure. A fresh anointing is the game-changer in difficult circumstances. When asked by Elijah what he wanted for his life, Elisha requested a double portion of the spirit of Elijah. The requirement for him was to keep his eyes on Elijah and see him when he would be taken up. Elisha demonstrated that he was worthy of this double portion through his faithfulness, undivided attention, closeness in fellowship, and incessant craving for a power he knew he did not have. When he picked up Elijah’s mantle, he asked, “Where is the LORD God of Elijah?” He was asking God, “Will you trust me with this double portion?” God did! Elisha not only replicated many of the same miracles, but the Bible record shows us that he performed more than twice the number of miracles that Elijah did.
Are you facing an opportunity, a responsibility, or a challenge that requires “fresh oil?” Without this fresh oil, we are powerless, useless, and completely inadequate. Spend time in God’s presence until you know the freshness of the Holy Spirit is on your life.
Have a Spirit-enriched God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 2 Kings 18-19