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23rd November 2023

Give me oil in my lamp

The Holy Spirit is strongly associated with oil in the Scriptures.
We have seen how the Holy Spirit dwells within us & supplies oil for the lamp of our lives.
That is how we shine the light of Christ into the world. As we shine for Christ we await & watch for His return.
This means we must be a people who are ever ready & prepared & constantly resourced by the ‘oil’ of the Spirit.
Psalm 133 also speaks powerfully about oil & this will be our focus for today.

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brethren to dwell together in unity!

It is like the precious oil upon the head,
Running down on the beard,
The beard of Aaron,
Running down on the edge of his garments.
It is like the dew of Hermon,
Descending upon the mountains of Zion;
For there the Lord commanded the blessing—
Life forevermore. Psalm 133 NKJV

The context of this psalm is a strong call for God’s people to live in unity.
The unity gifted to us from the Lord is both precious & a source of rich refreshment.
When we do live in unity we receive the great promise of a commanded blessing.
This is an eternal blessing of experiencing a rich, reviving free flow of God’s providence & prosperity.
The blessing of life forevermore. So, So good. SELAH.

The picture is of the precious anointing oil running down from the high priest’s head.
Unity is a place where the anointing of the Lord flows freely to His people.
Note how the flow is from the head to the body & down over the hem of the priestly robe.
When we live in unity, & the flow of the anointing, we see the promises of God (tassels on the hem of the robe) fulfilled.
This is precious & powerful. SELAH.

This is a picture of the anointing oil flowing from Jesus the head (our Great High Priest) to His body (believers).
Note how it is a body united & deeply interconnected & interrelated. WE is always greater than me!! TOGETHER.
The anointing of God, the oil for our lamps (lives) flows freely when we live in unity with God’s people.
It resources, revives & refreshes us in the commanded blessing of life forevermore. SELAH
What a wonderful way to live. Experiencing & enjoying God’s eternal life. Hallelujah!!

For Reflection

  • Why do we find it so difficult & demanding to live in unity with God’s people?
  • How am I seeking & working for more unity in & across the Body of Christ?
  • Meditate upon how the ‘oil’ of the Spirit flows more freely where God’s people are living in unity.

A song related to this theme:


Heavenly Father,
Thank you that You command a rich blessing for those who live in unity with Christ & His Body,
A rich, refreshing, reviving blessing of Your eternal live forevermore.
Jesus thank you that Your anointing flows freely to Your people,
Help us to live fully in the unity You have so generously graced & gifted us with.
Holy Spirit keep me humble so that I keep loving & honouring my brothers & sisters in Christ,
Desiring unity, & working for harmony, in the Body of Christ through the strength that You supply.
This I ask in the mighty Name of Jesus.

Written by Gareth Jones

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