The Table

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Psalm 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.

You prepare a table before me
Remember when Abraham prepared the table for God. Here God prepares the table for David, a man after God’s own heart, who lives the shadow of the life of the New Testament (seems to jump the queue). This life now has its reality in us.

In the presence of my enemies (adversaries) - to cramp, afflict, distress, oppress, trouble, vex.
The enemies are not the people or the circumstances in the New Testament (perception - Matthew 5:43), but the spiritual attacks of temptations of darkness to blind our minds to faith, creating a mindset of separation from the presence of God (Romans 12:19).
The Lord wants us to feel safe in the face of fear and adversity. His table is always a safe place to be fed and nourished and comforted.

You anoint my head with oil;
The Holy Spirit inspires our minds, and orders our minds, and brings peace to our minds.

My cup runs over– (Ephesians 1:3… blessed us with all spiritual blessings…
There is blessing and cursing in OT but only blessing in NT – There are no curses except for the law. All of these inner blessings are waiting to be appropriated through faith.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
They come to us as the sure and certain flow from God’s heart - then they flow to others through us.

all the days of my life - Each day has its challenge and its reward.

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Everybody has a special place but we are also part of the household of love and goodwill who pray for blessing for all in the house, and for those who will yet find the place prepared for them – We can see them at the table.
John 14:2 In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you. 23. If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.

Forever - It is both now and forever

 

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