11 May Surviving COVID-19 – When the Lord is Your Shepherd Part 6
You Prepare A Table Before Me
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” Psalm 23:5
This is a bizarre verse in this passage; it speaks of preparing a table for the sheep. It is such a sudden transition from the figure of the flock to that of a banquet. It is characteristic of Hebrew poetry, but there is a lot of unpack here.
To prepare a table means to furnish with plenty and variety of provisions and comforts. And this is what the Lord does for those who make Him their shepherd. He can bless you with abundance, more than you can eat and leftover. One of the significant differences between the sheep that has a shepherd and the one that does not is provision. The sheep that has a shepherd is always cared for. It is the responsibility of the shepherd to make provision for the sheep. That is why verse 1 of Psalm 23 says, “I shall not want.” You can see verse 5 as an explanation of verse 1. The word “table” here is synonymous with “feast,” and the meaning is a lot of options.
Things even get better when you add “in the presence of my enemies.” When the verse states that You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies, what it is saying is, “Lord, you give me all I need to be respected and victorious in the face of my enemies.” In the presence of my enemies: they seeing and envying and fretting at it, but not being able to hinder it. That is awesome! The enemies have to look on with ill-concealed annoyance at my prosperity, to see my table amply spread; his condition such as men generally envy.
This is what happened when the Lord is your shepherd. Sometimes you are blessed and cannot enjoy your blessing and even have to hide your blessing because of the enemy. In other instances, it is even dangerous to be blessed and not be protected. The blessing can cost you your life. It is one thing to be blessed and another thing to be protected. When the Lord is your shepherd, you are not only blessed; you also have the freedom to enjoy your blessings with the confidence that you are protected. This is another blessing of having the Lord as your shepherd.
May God bless you and remember to Stay CALM, SAFE, CLEAN, and SANCTIFIED.
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Pastor Jide Lawore
Lead Pastor, Agape House of Worship