“But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.”
Oil has always symbolized the Holy Spirit. The psalmist says he was to be “anointed with fresh oil.” In other words, he knew he needed the anointing God every day. He knew that yesterday’s anointing was not good enough for today. The result of being anointed with fresh oil is seen in the verses that follow. The result of being anointed with fresh oil resulted in overcoming his enemies, flourishing like a palm tree, being a fixture in the LORD’s house, and bringing forth fruit in his old age.
Oh, the need for people to be anointed with fresh oil cannot be overemphasized. In a day when people are trying everything to conjure up a spirit, there is a great need for God’s people to be anointed afresh of God’s Holy Ghost. Conjuring a spirit of emotionalism is never a substitute for Holy Ghost power, and will never give the results that God’s power can give. Many churches have substituted God’s power with emotional song services, but emotional song services don’t change lives or win souls to Christ. The need of our day is for believers to be anointed with fresh oil. Let me share some observations from the verse above about this anointing.
First, you cannot be filled with fresh oil when the horn of your life is filled with other things. God cannot fill you when you are filled with sin. He cannot fill you when you are filled with selfish desires, motives and your own thoughts of how things have to be done. The only way the horn of your life can be filled with the power of the Holy Ghost is that you must be emptied before you can be filled.
Second, you cannot be emptied until you are yielded to the Holy Ghost. In other words, you must die to self before God can fill you with fresh oil. As long as you try to keep the flesh alive and do things with your own power, you will continue to fail to be filled with the fresh oil of the Holy Ghost. You will find that once you crucify your flesh and die to self is when the horn of your life is emptied and the vacancy can be filled with the fresh oil of God’s power. It is when you come to the end of yourself and you realize that you have no answers is when God can fill you with His power. My friend, you must stop trying to help God and instead yield to His Holy Ghost power.
Third, it is only the anointing of the Holy Ghost that gives the great results that this generation needs. We live in times when people have excused away the works of the past. People often say that those times were different, and what was done back then cannot be done today. Let me remind you that the works of the past were only done because the people God used in the past were filled with the fresh oil of God’s Holy Ghost. If you ever want God to do something through your life, you are going to have to be filled with His power.
Fourth, the oil from the past won’t suffice for the need of today. Too many people rely on what God has done in the past when they need to be anointed with fresh oil. My friend, the fresh oil of God’s Holy Ghost is the answer for your problems today. The oil for yesterday was good for yesterday, but the need for today is the fresh oil of the Holy Ghost power. If you continue to rely on yesterday’s anointing for today’s need, you will always find yourself coming up short of the power you need for your situations. Let me encourage you to get anointed with the Holy Ghost’s fresh oil daily.