Psalms 23:5

The scripture for today is Psalms 23:5


Psalms 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies: you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.


Psalm twenty-three is one of the most beautiful passages of love, faith, and trust in the Bible. Our dependence upon God and His watch care over us is stronger than evil and death. Every child of God will have enemies. Jesus had many who loved Him and appreciated His kindness, but although He never did anyone a disservice or unkindness, there were those who hated him and wanted to destroy Him. As we follow in the footsteps of Christ, we will also be persecuted just as He was and we will overcome just as he overcame.


The presence of enemies does not alter the love and care that God has for His children. He said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 In fact, in the presence of enemies, God shows Himself to be especially attentive to His children. In Psalms twenty-three, He takes time to prepare a table for us, a place to sit and enjoy a good meal while enemies are all around. Usually, the presence of enemies indicates that there is danger and a need to prepare for fight or flight. But the psalmist is not concerned about the enemies, His attention is on His God. He knows who his source is and he knows that nothing and no-one can prevent a loving God from caring for those He loves.  


While we may be surrounded by those who wish us harm, God has a place of blessing and nourishment prepared for us; we are His and “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31 His very presence provides spiritual abundance; He is the God of more than enough.  


It is not by our works or righteousness that we have become the recipients of such love and mercy; it is because of the grace of God. His heart of love is beyond understanding. Thankfully we do not have to understand it all; our responsibility is to, with humble hearts, receive what He offers us. He offers us life and that more abundantly (John 10:10). "My cup runs over."


God bless you as you continue in His service.