Are you familiar with the 23 Psalm? It is probably one of the more familiar passages of Scripture, and because of that we may gloss over it when we read it or hear it being read aloud. These six verses of Scripture are packed with more punch and a stick of dynamite.
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. 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. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
I could write a week’s worth of blog posts from this one Psalm and still have things to share. The amazing thing about Scripture is each time you read it you have the opportunity to discover something new.
Yesterday the verse that jumped off the page was verse 5: “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” Have you ever felt like you were standing alone in enemy camp? Everything seems to be going wrong? You look for any sign of help, but you can’t seem to locate it. Psalm 23:5 is a promise we can hold onto for dear life when we experience difficult times. There is a table prepared for us. It’s a safe place, filled with all the provision we need, we just need to find it and take our seat.
My sweet friend who drew my attention to this verse said when she finds herself in difficult times, she simply prays, “Show me the table, Lord, show me the table.” It requires a shifting of the eyes from our circumstances to our Lord. The shift of our focus makes all the difference in the world.
Peter experienced the power of the shift in the reverse in Matthew 14:25-32. He walked on water as long as his gaze was locked on Jesus, but the moment he shifted his gaze to his circumstances, he began to sink, yet even then Jesus saved him.
What are you facing today? Are you in a season of joyful celebration or one of hardly habitation? No matter what your circumstances are, the Lord is with you, even in the midst of your enemies. Look for the table, because He’s there with a seat for you.
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