Words of wisdom: A New Anointing

The Verse of the Day for May 19, 2013 provides a portrait of godly wisdom found in James 3:17-18 in the New International Version

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

This passage brings to mind a previous series of blog posts: “Words of Wisdom”—a daily dose of “words to the wise,” poetically expressed from the Book of Proverbs.

In reflecting upon wisdom and looking over some of the poetry that I had written with references to wisdom, I came across a journal entry written over ten years ago where I discussed the term “apothecary” which is part of the name used for my blog. Here is an excerpt:

“[I am] reading Exodus 25: a discussion of the recipe given to Moses to prepare the holy anointing oil for the tabernacle, to be “compounded after the art of the apothecary.” I am moved to tears as I read the passage and think of the years I spent as a pharmacist; indeed, I was endeavoring to follow recipes “to compound after the art of the apothecary.” Only within the last three or four years have I come to realize the connection between the natural and the spiritual within the context of my “compounding after the art of the apothecary,” both in terms of my bi-vocational endeavors. The phrase, of course, is also the title of a poem “After the Art of the Apothecary.”

The poetic entry for today is “A New Anointing” with a reference to the anointing oil that I mention in the journal excerpt.

A New Anointing

But my horn you have exalted
like a wild ox; I have been
anointed with fresh oil.

Psalm 92:10

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

Isaiah 61:3

We are still overwhelmed, utterly astounded
When we recall all that the Lord has done and stand
In this place of grace where sin had once abounded.
Yielded and still, we submit to all that He has planned.
Here we receive a new anointing compounded
Still after the art of the apothecary.
Fragrant blessings caress all that we do and say,
As we touch the realm of the extraordinary.
We must walk in wisdom and not be confounded
By devilish devices that distract and dismay.
We look to God who shall bless and refresh our soul,
As He pours this precious ointment upon our head
That we might be sanctified, preserved and made whole
And trade sorrow for the oil of gladness instead.
Trusting in God’s will is never disappointing,
As we receive from on high this new anointing.

David Baroni gives us a spirited rendition of “A New Anointing,” a perfect musical selection for today’s blog entry, more “Good Medicine” placed on the shelves of Dr. J’s Apothecary Shoppe.

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