By Rev. C.J. Barry Kentner
A MORNING PRAYER
Lord, let us have
An anointing of oil
From your Holy Fountain.
Let it run down our face,
Saving us from
The Sniffs and Snuffs
And Pop-Ups of Satan.
Let us have the privilege of
Dwelling in your Shadow
For the rest of this day.
Rev. C.J. Barry Kentner
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This is a prayer that we pray every morning. It works wonders.
We believe that the Lord literally treats us like the Sheep of His Pasture.
In Scripture, this particular verse is found in (Psalm 95; verse 7).
There are more references to sheep in the Bible than I can count….many of them in both the Old and New Testaments are referring to people….particularly God’s People.
Now you may think that God is treating us shabbily, but this is not the case. He really treats us with the very best of care.
You see, to my way of thinking, when we make a commitment to follow Christ, we are immediately carried into the Family of Christ, and this makes us Scriptural Israelites. God’s People.
We are literally abiding in the vine.
Levitical Sheep…..those used as sacrificial sheep, are anointed with oil every day. The oil keeps the bugs, nits and gnats off the face…out of the eyes and nostrils of the sheep.
If this isn’t done, the sheep will go crazy, and sometimes even bang their heads against walls or trees in an effort to get rid of the annoyance.
On top of that, the Good Shepherd is also aware of little snakes or vipers, that hide in holes in the ground, and pop up from time to time.
When that happens, if a sheep is nearby, it sometimes gets bitten on the nose. So the Shepherd puts oil around the holes, making it more difficult for the snake to get out of the whole and bite. You see, the shepherd looks after the pasture as well as the sheep.
And that’s not all. The shepherd also guards the sheep, and this includes noxious weeds….and in some pastures, the taking down of brush and bushes to clear the field, and make it safe for the sheep. No hiding places for wolves etc.
From birth the lambs are coddled; wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a feed trough, up high from the hay where it is often scratchy, and uncomfortable.
God wants us to live in comfort, and peace. And if you take the 23rd Psalm literally, you’ll find that He (the Good Shepherd) spreads a table before you in the presence of your enemies. Satan. He anoints your head with oil….and he has a vast supply of it. In fact there is so much that your cup is over run.
It is so easy to run amuck in today’s society.
Isaiah says it well in Chapter 53, verse 6. “All we like sheep have gone astray…”
If the Lord wants to treat you like sheep, be thankful. He could treat you like a human.