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Psalm 45:6-7, The Oil of Gladness

Narrative Lectionary Key Verse for Today

Therefore God, your God, has anointed you
with the oil of gladness beyond your companions;
— Psalm 45:7

NL Daily Devotion for Monday, March 25, 2019

by Daniel D. Maurer, Clergy Stuff


Say what you want about those who genuinely live a life of faithful obedience, but one thing you cannot say is that they live droll, unhappy lives. Several members of my parish I served in western North Dakota come to mind. These were real “salt of the earth” folk who passionately lived to embody the infinite love of Jesus Christ as best they could.

The main common denominator in each of their lives is that they continually had a sense of joy undergirding every moment of their days. It’s not that they weren’t ever sad, or somehow that they were sinless like Jesus; they simply lived within an ever-reaching radiance of God’s own joy.

Perhaps, you, too, know such people in your life. Or perhaps you yourself ARE one of those people.

I’m not. It’s not my gift. But I, too, am called to feel the oil of gladness for being counted among God’s people. And it’s important that I find reminders of God’s own joy.

How much do you exhibit the Oil of Gladness in your life?

Earlier Event: March 24
Matthew 22:1-14, Wedding Banquet
Later Event: March 26
Matthew 20:17-34, Works of Jesus