I ran across an article this week that really indicated that I have not studied Psalm 23 to its fullest. After ministering on it in the past, and which I thought at the time was a really great message, I find more information.
Psalm 23 says, "you anointest my head with oil..."
This week i learned that sheep have a tendency to get their head stuck in thorns and briers. Their wool becomes entangled and does not allow them to break loose. They also could become plagued by mosquitoes, flies and other such insects, unless the shepard oils the sheep wool. This oil is a necessity which wards off pests that would otherwise bite and nest in their wool. If the flies and other insects are allowed to lay eggs within the wool, the sheep are subject to worms which then infect the intestines and make the sheep sick. The oil also keeps the wool from snagging or entangling on the thorns and briers.
God is our shepard and anoints us with His oil, which in turn keeps us protected from the damaging effects of our enemies. This is grace and mercy at its finest. Jesus sacrifice carries out the will of God to such a spiritual level and we cannot even comprehend, as yet.
It reminds me of the Apostle Paul when he says, "For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known."
We are only learning bits and pieces with our faith here on this earth, but when we see Jesus in Heaven our understanding will be enlightned. Oh, for that day to soon come! But while we are still here, allow Psalm 23 to penetrate your very being.