Anointed... with oil

"Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord." James 5:14

When I was in High School my father was a pastor and all of a sudden had a fascination with anointing people with oil. I asked him about it and he said he honestly didn't really understand, he said the only place in the Bible he knew of that mentioned it was just one verse in James. I remember that he kept bottles filled with olive oil in his church office and would anoint people whenever he prayed for them. Mostly just a dab on the forehead or hair, but he told me that occasionally he felt led to dump whole handfuls on people until it was dripping off of them (I hope and assume they weren't wearing suits).

Turns out this word is actually all over (Mar 6:13, Mar 16:1, Luk 7:78... among others).

Well this morning I was studying Psalm 2 for a class I'm taking on the poets. He mentioned in verse 2 where David says,

"The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the LORD and against his anointed, saying, ..."

This word for anointed is where we get our root for Messiah. And this passage is even quoted in Acts 4:26, and in this verse the word is Χριστός (Christos, where we get Christ), but it can be translated anointed.

Doing a word study on it, I got this, "anointed; Septuagint for משיח, Messiah, a term applied to every one anointed with the holy oil, chiefly to the High Priest."

This makes me rethink the significance of anointing someone with oil. The Lord Jesus was the anointed one... with the oil. I guess I always read it as appointed one, but thats not what its saying.

Have you considered using oil when you pray for someone? To anoint them? What do you think about the connection to David the King, and to our Christ? Are we sharing something with them when we are anointed?