Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Reflect and Pray:
This business of anointing our heads with oil sounds strange to us in today’s culture. However, it was a common practice in the time of Jesus. In the ancient world, persons who attended a banquet were often treated by a generous host to fine oils that would be used to anoint their foreheads. The oil provided a “sheen” to the skin and added a fragrance to the persons in the room. (Remember, no daily showers like we have today – the smell was probably pretty strong!) In addition, oil preserved the complexion in the hot Middle Eastern climate.
I feel as though in my life, I often treat God as the guest and I am the host and in control. What does it mean for us today to realize God is the host and welcomes us as the guest at the table? Are you willing to allow God to make your lives fragrant to others?