Deuteronomy 28:40-48 (KJV)
40 Thou shalt have olive trees throughout all thy coasts, but thou shalt not anoint thyself with the oil; for thine olive shall cast his fruit.
41 Thou shalt beget sons and daughters, but thou shalt not enjoy them; for they shall go into captivity.
42 All thy trees and fruit of thy land shall the locust consume.
43 The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low.
44 He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail.
45 Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee:
46 And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever.
47 Because thou servedst not the Lord thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things;
48 Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the Lord shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.
Sometimes we forget about the oil of gladness and can only focus on all the trials or obstacles that come our way. It’s hard to be glad when things are not going so smoothly. Or take worse cases which are believers who are following Jesus and their families have disowned them. What about living in a communist or Muslim country where one breath of evangelism and you are thrown in prison or killed.
The Lord wants to see us grateful “for the abundance of things”, the blessings of God upon His children. Israel didn’t listen to the voice of God, they just wanted to do as they pleased which was to worship idols, sacrifice their children and do what the pagans did.
They griped and complained rather than praise God in thanksgiving. The scripture says that they did not serve the Lord with joyfulness or gratefulness of heart. This really is all about selfishness and unbelief.
When we are full of God’s Holy Spirit we can’t help but to be grateful or joyful. There will be tough times, but in those times we can look to the Lord and know that He is faithful and trustworthy.
It takes just as much thought to be joyful and grateful as it is to be ungrateful and unthankful. We can turn our hearts and minds to serve the Lord with gladness or become bitter and resentful because we really do not love and know the Lord as we should.
Psalm 45:7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
Psalm 97:11 Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.
Psalm 100:2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Psalm 105:43 And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness:
Proverbs 10:28 The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.
Isaiah 51:3 For the Lord shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.
Isaiah 61:3 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 ofthe Lord, that he might be glorified.
Luke 1:14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.
Acts 2:46-47 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
Hebrews 1:9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.