Psa 23:5 ESV – You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
There are 3 distinct items that catch my attention in this verse. First, something I didn’t catch yesterday, is that David has switched from the third person (What God has done) to the second person point of view. That is, instead of talking about God, He’s talking to God. That’s significant because instead of telling others about God, David switched to a prayer, when he was discussing God’s provision and protection in verse 4. He continues that here as we look at God’s blessing.
The second evident point is that it is God who is serving David. God is setting the table. God is anointing David’s head with oil (a symbol of the Holy Spirit). God is making David’s cup overflow. This is a great picture, because I tend to think in terms of what I can do for God. This verse shows all that God has done and is doing for me. Not only does He provide protection, but He gives blessing. Whether it be still waters, green pastures, or a feast at a table, my God has blessed me abundantly.
Thirdly, God does all this “in the presence of my enemies.” This is an amazing picture to me. Here I am, seated at a table full of food, anointed with oil, and my cup overflowing. I look, and the King of Kings, the Creator of the Universe, the One who knew me before time began is the one who has prepared this. And all my enemies, the people who hate me and desire to hurt me, the enemy of everything Christlike, and the shadow of death itself are still here, attempting to haunt me. But my eyes are no longer on the frail mirage of this world.
Yesterday I understood that I was in the shadow of death, and it loomed about me and was frightening. When I meditated on my Shepherd’s staff and rod, I knew that I was safe, and I had no more fear. After that fear melted away, I found myself here, seated at the feast of the King. My circumstances haven’t changed, but my perspective has.
Today, I will thank God for the blessings in my life.