You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
As a child, my favorite time of the day was at dinner with my large family and usually a few guests because my grandmother often entertained. We had a large round table with a big lazy susan filled with many dishes that I could help myself to. Even with the abundance of food, on some days my grandmother would serve me an extra large portion from a particular dish, saying: “This was made just for you!” That always made me happy because no one else got this special treatment, even in the presence of guests. Today’s verse especially touches me knowing that God does this for us. God Himself is the host, and He prepares a table, with all of my favorite foods just for me! If God does this for us in the midst of our enemies, what do we have to fear? The table prepared just for us, with God’s presence, provide all the sustenance and power we need to face our enemies. It brings a smile to my face when I envision this scene: As I enjoy this lavish spread, I wave my chopsticks at the enemy in the distance, telling him: “Going ahead and watch me eat, and when I’m finished, I’ll finish you!”
God’s anointing gives me the authority and power to take down the enemy, just like David was anointed to be king. God’s presence and provision can be our portion, and this portion never runs out; it overflows. Thank Him for this promise, and live it out today!
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How will you respond to God’s presence and provision for you?
Invite the Holy Spirit to be present with you in this moment
And then, wait. Allow God’s peace to draw near.