April 10, 2021
Psalm 133:1-3 (NIV)
Dr. Ken Sprinkle
1How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!
2It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron's beard, down on the collar of his robes.
3It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.
In over 40 years of ministry, I saw many people touched by the grace of God through the anointing of oil. I was ecstatic when it was included as a part of the Communion Ritual. I personally made it a part of the prayer time every Sunday in the last five churches I served. I do not remember there being a single Sunday when someone was not anointed with oil or received a prayer cloth for themselves or for someone else.
I say all this to lift up the word of the Lord.
14Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. 16Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous (person) is powerful and effective (James 5:14-16, NIV).
The invitation was always for the healing of spirit, soul, body, or relationship. Much of the time I did not know the needs or concerns of the person being anointed unless he or she mentioned it.
How good and pleasant it is when the congregation unifies in prayer for the needs of others. How good and pleasant when precious oil, oil set apart for healing, brings healing streams starting at the head (where the mind resides), running down upon the chin (where the mouth that confesses is found), and then upon the collar of the robe (that covers heart and body). “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, soul, mind, and strength” (Mark 12:30). “Thou anointest my head with oil … “(Psalm 23:5).
The water that flows into the Sea of Galilee starts on Mount Hermon. The dew becomes a trickle, a stream, a river. Where is the blessing found? In unity. I remember being at a Camp Meeting service with Barbara Brokhoff and Ted Baker, where an opportunity to be anointed with oil was given. The line of people went all the way out of the Camp Meeting shed! I volunteered to help with the overflow, and what I remember the most was one of my own church members, who looked up at me after being anointed, and her countenance changed to that of astonishment. (And I must admit that I was somewhat pleasantly surprised at her response!) She was touched by the Blessing of the Presence of the Lord. The dew of Hermon brings refreshing Life.
What a blessing is received when we humble ourselves before the hand of the Lord, submit our wills to confess our sins (and needs), allow others to pray for us in faith, and then experience the blessing of Life Forevermore – of Eternal Life touching our earthly lives. Can we not in unity pray for one another to be whole? Lord, have mercy; Christ have mercy. Amen.