Fed, Anointed, Blessed

TableBeforeMe

Psalm 23:5

I think of a prepared table as one that’s been given special consideration, set beautifully and bountifully. It stands ready for friends or family who will relax and laugh as they enjoy good food and conversation. But that isn’t the venue for the table described in Psalm 23.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

My enemies are threatening, taunting, tormenting me and in the midst of my affliction, the Lord prepares a table for me. It’s obvious these enemies are of no consequence to my Shepherd. It is also obvious that He expects me to maintain nourishment and refreshment even in the presence of my personal demons – unforgiveness, pity, pride, accusations, doubt, anger, jealousy, bitterness. They are pressing in on me and, still, the Lord prepares a table for me that will satisfy my soul with everything good, lovely and nourishing. And there’s more.

You anoint my head with oil…

Really, Lord? Amid enemy harassment, you anoint my head? Even when my defenses are compromised and I feel depleted, you claim me as yours? You set me apart as honored and destined for a purpose? I am not like those un-anointed. I am marked as yours, selected, blessed, and anointed for service.

My cup overflows.

Yes, it does. I am fed, refreshed, rested, guided, protected, secure, and anointed. I am never hidden from the watch care of my loving Shepherd. My life runs over with His blessings and grace.

Lord, I cannot comprehend the fullness of your love for me. Thank you that you are undaunted. Whether I’m resting in green pastures or bloodied on the battlefield, you are feeding, protecting, and loving me.

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