Have you ever entered in a church and was welcomed by a stench? A smell so bad and strong that your first thought was to turn around and run for the parking lot? Maybe you had that experience in a different level. You enter the church and you sensed that something was wrong, because you were new you could not put your finger on it, but you knew that something was out of place.
It is common for people in the church to think that visitors will not notice that there is division, animosity, and bad feelings among the membership. They are wrong, people, even the first-time visitors, can observe when something is going on.
In Psalm 133, David is sharing with us about the True Christian Fellowship, and in verse 2 he tells us that IT IS ANNOINTED BY THE LORD.
That is the second lesson that we learn from this psalm, the fellowship that God wants from us is anointed by the Lord Himself. This is what David wrote: “ It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes.”
He compares this fellowship with the anointing oil from the Lord. Here is the text describing that special oil: “Ex. 30:22-25 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Collect choice spices—121⁄2 pounds of pure myrrh, 61⁄4 pounds of fragrant cinnamon, 61⁄4 pounds of fragrant calamus, and 121⁄2 pounds of cassia—as measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel. Also get one gallon of olive oil. Like a skilled incense maker, blend these ingredients to make a holy anointing oil.” (NLT).
He also commanded Moses to anoint Aaron and his sons: “Ex. 30:30 Anoint Aaron and his sons and consecrate them so they may serve me as priests.” The anointing was done by pouring this special oil on the head of the person, in this case Aaron, the priest and his sons.
When we share our spiritual lives and our physical and material things; the Lord will anoint our fellowship. That oil was refreshing, because of all the substances that were part of it.
That oil, also, would produce a wonderful smell. People would know that that person was anointed with that special oil.
That oil also was a mark of the presence of the Holy Spirit. When we walk together, share together our lives and spiritual experiences; the Lord will anoint us with the presence of His Spirit. People would know that those people are different, separated by the Holy Spirit for the ministry and service. Our Reformed Tradition confesses the priesthood of all believers. We are all part of the ministry, we all have something to do in His Kingdom.
That anointing would bring a refreshing sense and smell so good that people would know that the friendship and fellowship was produced by God Himself.
My friend, you should know that it is possible to experience this kind of fellowship right here and right now.
Have a blessed week,