But God- The Shepherd Will Anoint Me

Greetings,

If you've been on this journey through Psalms 23, welcome back. Well, the table has been set and the meal is ready and it is for us. We will move on to the next part of verse 5- 'You anoint my head with oil.' We'll look a bit at that this week and next week look at the final statement of the verse, 'my cup runs over'.

But God Image_Color_CrossEach evening the shepherd would have his flock at a sheepfold. This was usually an existing area used by other shepherds on their journeys. You see, the shepherd was never winging it. He never led his sheep anywhere he hadn't been. He knew where they were going and knew where the sheepfold so we're located and which one he could get his flock to by sunset. The fold was 'U' shaped. In bringing the sheep into it for the night, each sheep would enter by passing under the shepherd's rod. This was to examine each sheep for injuries, burrs, or bugs it had picked up that day. When he found a cut or a scrape, he would apply oil to the wound to produce healing. These wounds were often on their heads. I can imagine the shepherd speaking to each by name as he inspected them and cleaned up the junk they'd picked up. What a cool sight. Then when all the sheep were in for the night,cleansed and oiled, the shepherd would lie down for the night across the opening of the 'U.' He was the door! Ring any bells?

This is largely the way our Shepherd deals with us. In Scripture, oil is symbolic of the Holy Spirit. Our Shepherd, by His Spirit, examines us and reveals to us the junk in our heads. Jesus is quoted in John 16:13, as saying that part of the work of the Holy Spirit is to 'guide us into all Truth.' Our Shepherd reveals some lie we're believing to be true- usually about Him or about us- and then in His Word, by His Spirit, anoints our head (mind) with oil for cleansing and healing. When I am walking through a dark valley, my Shepherd will, in His faithful commitment to me and my welfare anoint my head with oil and I am reminded of how BIG I AM is, and I am able to rest and sleep in peace knowing I am His and that any enemy that wants me has to get past Him? Enjoy your anointing and your rest.

Blessings,

Thomas

Thomas@robinsonoutdoors.com

 

If you want to know what someone really thinks, just listen to what they say after the word ‘but’ …so it is here with…”but God!”“

Note: “but God” is a weekly ministry of Robinson Outdoors Products written for us by pastor and spiritual counselor, Thomas Paige. “But God” is posted each week on the ScentBlocker website and can be found there along with the archives of messages of past years and months from Thomas. “But God” is also posted each week on ScentBlocker Facebook page and on Twitter.

You may ask, “why would Robinson, an outdoor products company with brands ScentBlocker and Tree Spider, making products for hunters, spend its time on something like “but God”?” Great question, as we here at Robinson consider our work place our mission field, our products bearing the John 3:16 inscription our outreach. In every new ScentBlocker jacket there is a laminated waterproof pocket insert that contains the salvation message printed in two languages. And, we ask the Lord to provide more opportunities for us to be a light unto a dark world.

What responses do we receive from our customers? Each week thousands and thousands of people read the “but God” message online. We receive dozens and dozens of appreciative emails, rejoicing that a company has the courage to stand up for what it believes despite perhaps it not being the most popular thing to do these days. God has blessed our lives and our business!

I hope you will enjoy this weeks’ “…but God” as Thomas continues the series, unto the Lord!

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