Psalm 23: The Divine Shepherd, 5of6, Evans Olang

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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” 


Where there is good be sure evil will be present too. There is always the opposing side. Our Savior was opposed and rejected, we are not in anyway better than our Savior to escape them. We too will face opposition because a righteous man has enemies. He would not be like his Lord if did not face some of the things the Lord faced.

If we were without enemies we might fear that we were not the friends of God, for the friendship of the world is enmity to God.

Our blessed Savior is not intimidated by what is happening in the world, He still prepares the good unto His people and set’s it right in the presence of their enemies. We are not to be afraid to enjoy the abundant blessings He bestows upon us. Romans 8:31, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” The enemy may frustrate God’s plan in a believer’s life, but to abort the plan, he has no chance. He cannot hinder the work of God in our lives. This is the other reason we take to heart Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”. What is meant for evil, God turns it for good for His glory. It may look like the enemy is in charge but take a close look and see the Divine Shepherd’s work in preparing all the good He has planned for you in the midst of all your enemies fighting against you. James 1:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning”

“…You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over”. The sign of the anointing is when you can take less and do much with it. This is where we constantly need the filling of the Holy Spirit in order to live a Spirit filled life. At the time of Salvation, the Lord gives us Holy Spirit as down payment, daily we seek the filling, the out pouring. Immersed in what we are filled with. “May we live in the daily enjoyment of this blessing, receiving a fresh anointing for every day’s duties. Every Christian is a priest, but he cannot execute the priestly office without unction, and hence we must go day by day to God the Holy Ghost, that we may have our heads anointed with oil.”, Charles Spurgeon. We are completely dry and helpless without the anointing. “In the East the people frequently anoint their visitors with some very fragrant perfume; and give them a cup or glass of some choice wine, which they are careful to fill till it runs over. The first was designed to show their love and respect; the latter to imply that while they remained there, they should have an abundance of everything. To something of this kind the psalmist probably alludes in this passage.”, Samuel Burder

2Timothy 1:14, “That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us” which mostly are, “oil of gladness” and the “joy of the Holy Ghost.”. What we have received, let us not only keep it to ourselves, may we trust God to touch other lives through what He has given to us. As John Trapp says, “He had not only a fullness of abundance, but of redundancies. Those that have this happiness must carry their cup upright, and see that it overflows into their poor brethren’s emptier vessels”.  blessings Ev

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