Posts Tagged ‘Psalm 92:10’

New anointing

July 31, 2019

Recently while waiting to see my oncologist regarding a new treatment protocol that I will be starting for prostate cancer, I listened to a teaching from a series by Dr. Cindy Trimm entitled “The Anointing.” In the opening teaching she referred to two familiar scriptures that have been the inspiration for some of the original poems written on the subject of “the anointing oil” which I have compounded both “in the natural” as a pharmacist or apothecary and “in the spirit” as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I was moved to tears as I reflected upon these poems while waiting to go over the new procedure and the medication involved.

I wrote this first poem as part of a daily exercise where I reflected on selected scriptures and wrote a quatrain or four-line poem in response:

The anointing that breaks every yoke flows freely,
Released within me to slip past the enemy;
Anointed anew with oil compounded by me,
After the fine art of the apothecary.

Dr. Trimm used Psalm 92:10 as the opening scripture for her teaching on “The Anointing,” and I introduced this poem with the same verse.

A New Anointing
But my horn you have exalted
like a wild ox; I have been
anointed with fresh oil.
Psalm 92:10

I am still overwhelmed, utterly astounded
When I recall all the Lord has done as I stand
In this place of grace where sin had once abounded.
Yielded and still, I submit to all that He has planned,
As I receive a new anointing compounded
Still after the art of the apothecary.
Fragrant blessings caress all that I do and say,
As I touch the realm of the extraordinary.
I must walk in wisdom and not be confounded
By devilish devices that distract and dismay.
I look to God who shall bless and refresh my soul,
As He pours this precious ointment upon my head
That I 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 I receive from on high this new anointing.

In the first teaching in the series, Dr. Trimm extensively discussed the actual compounding of the anointing oil used in the tabernacle, citing the recipe God gave to Moses in Exodus and elsewhere. In filling this prescription, I also refer to the same verse in this poetic piece called a villanelle:

After the Art of the Apothecary
And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment,
an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary:
it shall be a holy anointing oil.
Exodus 30:25 [KJV]

I desire to follow recipes and not to vary
From the prescribed formulas for the remedies I need,
To compound after the art of the apothecary.

I long to work circumspectly and always be wary,
To measure and mix precisely for love and not for greed.
I desire to follow recipes and not to vary.

I recall yearning to learn from childhood days in Gary,
To weigh my decisions and follow as the Lord would lead,
To compound after the art of the apothecary.

I seek to formulate my ideal art and to marry
Vocation and avocation as one of love and need.
I desire to follow recipes and not to vary.

I attempt to move with wisdom but never to tarry
To master each prescription, to excel and to succeed,
To compound after the art of the apothecary.

The sweet-smelling savor I desire my life to carry
Is the pure, holy anointing oil tempered of my need.
I desire to follow recipes and not to vary,
To compound after the art of the apothecary.

I am posting this discussion of the anointing and its importance in my life as the blog entry for July 31, 2019, in Dr. J’s Apothecary Shoppe, with its reference to the early days of my first profession. For more than 25 years I practiced pharmacy in Indiana and North Carolina, but now as a writer and minister of the Gospel, I use my skills in poetry and prose incorporating music and visual arts to “fill prescriptions” designed to minister to the heart and soul in this blog.

We tap off today’s entry with this musical reminder offered by the Zoe Group: “A New Anointing”:

Words of wisdom: A New Anointing

May 19, 2018

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.

“Words of Wisdom”—a daily dose of “words to the wise”–Day 13

May 27, 2013

This blog entry is another in a series featuring a daily dose of “words to the wise,” poetically expressed from the Book of Proverbs.

This blog entry is another in a series featuring a daily dose of “words to the wise,” poetically expressed from the Book of Proverbs.

As I began the day 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 villanelle composed for the collection Stone upon Stone: Psalms of Remembrance.”

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

This verse provides the introduction to "A New Anointing."

This verse provides the introduction to “A New Anointing.”

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

 

I am still overwhelmed, utterly astounded

When I recall all that the Lord has done and stand

In this place of grace where sin had once abounded.

Yielded and still, I submit to all that He has planned.

Here I receive a new anointing compounded

Still after the art of the apothecary.

Fragrant  blessings caress all that  I do and say,

As I touch the realm of the extraordinary.

I must walk in wisdom and not be confounded

By devilish devices that distract and dismay.

I look to God who shall bless and refresh my soul,

As He pours this precious ointment upon my head

That I 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 I 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.