“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.” Psalm 23:5
I remember the first year that I spent overseas in university as being filled with the greatest highs and lows of my life. I indulged in whatever I wanted, whenever I felt like it. It did not take long before my impetuous ways led to a huge conflict where I found myself at the brink of an emotional breakdown.
I had been away from the Lord for some years then, but somehow, I had brought my Bible with me. As I was about to head into a confrontation, I decided to open my Bible at random and landed on Psalm 23, verse 5 in particular which says, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.” Even when I was far from Him yet He still showed me grace and mercy.
This imagery of the Lord preparing a feast is as if a picnic has been set for we in the middle of the battleground where we can rest and even feast in spite of the war that is raging around us. The Lord Himself protects and surrounds us so that we can have complete confidence and peace. He has enabled us not just to survive but to thrive; our cups will overflow with His blessings! - By JN