5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
I love how awesome God is! He is simply amazing! The 23rd Psalm is a scripture that most people learn when they are children and it is has become more of a recitation than the promise that it really is! I don’t think you really understand it or appreciate its meaning until you have had some experiences and grown in the Lord to the point where you realize those times in your life that truly the Lord is your shepherd leaving you to want for nothing!
God invites your enemies so that they can see that in spite of how messed up you are, in spite of how jacked up you can be – His anointing is on your life so that everything that you do reflects back to His lovingkindness and His longsuffering!
Although the entire psalm is filled with a reason to shout, I just want to concentrate on verse 5. Unfortunately probably most of us can attest to having times where others oppose us just because of what God has done for us, in us and through us. In today’s street vernacular, we call that “hating.” And trust me, haters are sometimes everywhere – in the confines of the church walls, in our families, on our jobs – naysayers are always present. Verse 5 says that the Lord will prepare a table before you in the presence of your enemies. The Lord knows that you’ve been marked for ridicule, animosity, and disdain because of what He’s doing for you. But He has, in a sense, decided to throw you a big party to lavish all of His blessings upon you and He’s invited all of your “haters” to the party to witness His mark upon your life. He has anointed and appointed you for service so much so that your cup overflows with His Holy Spirit – all in the presence of your enemies! Now don’t get it wrong, because as humans we can get a little cocky with this information and walk around as if we are so great and deserving of this honor. This is not a time for you to gloat, this is a time for others to see the goodness of God in spite of your frailties.
God does not invite your enemies so that they can look at you and determine how great you are. God invites your enemies so that they can see that in spite of how messed up you are, in spite of how jacked up you can be – His anointing is on your life so that everything that you do reflects back to His lovingkindness and His longsuffering!
The next time the “haters” target you for ridicule or isolation, invite them to the party! Sit at the table that has been prepared for you by the Lord and invite them to see how loving and accepting the Lord is. Through your graciousness toward them, through the Spirit that is within you, invite them to experience God’s sovereignty. You know that the Lord’s hand is upon your life, you know that you don’t deserve His anointing so live humbly and gracious as your cup runs over. Enemies are not there to taunt you nor are they there to make you feel reverent or above anyone else – they are there to humble you and to encourage you even more to live your life so that God will be glorified in spite of you!
c/Candie A. Price