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Psalm 23 – Part 8

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Psalm 23, Part 8
a Psalm of David

1 “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod
and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Psalm 23:1-6, ESV

You won’t be able to see the revelation of God’s power at work in verse 5 of Psalm 23 without understanding verses 1-4, so standing on the foundation of verses 1-4, we now move to verse 5. The picture here in verse 5 is a daunting one to say the least—you prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. But without understanding and revelation in God’s provisions of love and grace, verse 5 leaves you feeling inadequate in yourself.

But praise God, He hasn’t left us alone, to go it alone. As our Good Shepherd, God continues to show His faithfulness to us, His abundant provisions, His peace, His restoration so when we may face the giants of the land, He has already gone before us, prepared a table filled with all that we need to overcome any enemy that comes against us. That’s what the Psalmist experienced more than once, and that’s what you can expect, also.

Picture a banqueting table longer than you’ve ever seen before. It sits out in the open, and spread across the white table cloth are delicacies, yummy treats—your  favorite things—but that’s not all! Everything you need to live and walk in God’s supernatural provision is before you—daily bread and provision, healing/health, safety and protection, peace, joy, and so much more. It’s all there waiting for you to step up, take your place, and start enjoying the banquet.

But wait! Not too far away you hear the sound of war. You see evil approaching, fear lingers in the shadows.

Yet the banqueting table is ready for you to dig in and enjoy it all. The serving bowls are full and actually overflowing. You can have as much as you want, the provisions never run out.

Can you see the table of God’s provisions? Can you see His abundant blessings ready to be poured out in your life? Can you see His healing ready for you to take? Can you see His image, His likeness in you, without shame or guilt? Can you see His peace enveloping you?

God has set His Table before you, and His provisions are available because of Jesus finished work. You don’t have to beg God for anything. The world will try to steer you away from His table. The world will say it’s foolishness to believe for God’s prosperity. The world will only see you as you were, not as you are in Christ Jesus. The world will tell you God doesn’t heal anymore, or that you’re not worth healing. What the world tells you are lies. God’s Word tells you otherwise, and besides, you see His table in front of you filled with all His goodness.

His love and grace will enable you to life strong and mighty in Him. Don’t wait to partake at His table. It’s spread out before you, so take what you need and enjoy God’s fellowship at His banqueting table.