“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.”
August 9, 2018
God's Way of Blessing
We have just finished taking a look at the fact that God is still present even when we are going through challenging times. These difficult times often involve people who dislike and oppose us. Therefore, one might think that the next text in Psalm 23 would be about God removing our enemies, but instead, He begins to show us who we are and what He does right in the presence of them.
BLESSINGS ARE VISIBLE
Sometimes we falsely think that for God to bless us, He must first remove our enemies. This may be why sometimes our prayers seem to go unanswered when we are praying for God to bless us. Often times, the way God provides and blesses us is right in front of our enemies, so that they may see how wonderfully gracious our Heavenly Father is.
BLESSINGS ARE REFRESHING
A second blessing in this text is the oil used for anointing. Often in the first century when an honored guest would enter a home, the host would pour some oil on their head. Not only was this a way of letting the guest know how much they were appreciated, but it also provided some soothing refreshment for the guest who had been traveling. Our God loves to refresh our souls and remind us how special we are right in the presence of those who oppose us.
BLESSINGS ARE OVERFLOWING
Finally, this text points out that the author’s (David’s) lot in life was overflowing with blessings. God is definitely a prospering God for those who are following their Good Shepherd. So often, people believe the lie that following God means that life will be boring and mundane. However, a life with Jesus Christ in the center is the life that is the most abundant and joyous.
Jesus. I thank you for being a God that not only blesses me, but does it publicly so that even my enemies may see Your goodness. Your love and mercy are always refreshing and Your kindness is soothing to my soul. My blessings are always overflowing because of Your abundance and generosity. I love You and am so grateful for Your life. Amen.