As we move through this Psalm, we are seeing why the greatest blessing any of us can ever know in life is to be wholly owned by the Son of God.. When the Lord is your Shepherd, when you are bought and born into the flock of God, you can say,
He guards me: Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil because my Shepherd is with me.. Today we come to a fourth blessing that belongs to the flock of God
My son Andrew is a long-distance runner and has competed several times in the iron man. That’s where you swim 2 miles, cycle 112 miles, and then run a full 26 mile marathon.
Psalm 23:5 says, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” This passage is part of the beloved psalm, Psalm 23
Within Psalm 23, David says God prepares a table before him in the presence of his enemies. While many of us quickly overlook this part of Psalm 23, it is an important verse within this psalm.
For the Psalms, it is best to read the psalm in its completion rather than reading one verse of the psalm.. If we only read one verse of the psalm, we are bound to become confused and miss the meaning of what the passage is trying to tell us
In Psalm 23:5, King David says to the Lord, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies,” portraying his close relationship to God as an honored dinner guest of a generous and capable host. As a gracious host, the Lord attends to David’s every need, showering him with personal care, abundant goodness, protection from his enemies, and eternal blessings.
In the ancient East, a host was obligated to safeguard his visitors from all enemies at all costs.. Psalm 23 begins, “The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.” The psalm’s central theme—that David lacks nothing—is reinforced through every line
David acknowledges that God is always with Him, looking out for his good, even in the darkest “valley of the shadow of death” (verse 4). Even in the most challenging circumstances—“in the presence of my enemies” (verse 5)—David lacks nothing because His God is with him, supplying his every need and looking out for his welfare.
Please open your Bible for the last time in this series at Psalm 23. Many of us feel tired, jaded, discouraged, and flat
Living in it for these last weeks has done me good, and I have been moved to learn that many of you have been helped by it too.. The first person to be helped by this Psalm was David himself
Aggravation from Saul, opposition from the Philistines, the pressures of leading a divided nation, trouble in his own family, not to mention the sins that plagued his own heart.. As David thinks about all that he is facing, his mind goes back to the early years of his life when his work had been keeping the sheep
Whether it’s made of rough pine, elegant mahogany, or sleek glass and chrome, a table can become the heart of a home. It can be the place where people gather for morning coffee, quick meals, lengthy dinners, or holiday feasts
From it you might hear uproarious peals of laughter or the quiet murmurs of serious discussion. In a home where all are welcomed and conversation flows freely, what happens at the table can shape the lives of those who are seated around it.
Our tables are covered with the clutter of busy, modern life — surfaces littered with mail, paper work, or school projects. No one in the family bothers to clear off the table because we eat apart, or if we gather at all, it is in front of a screen.
It shows David as a man of tender conscience, who asked God to deal with his own sin and weakness before addressing the wicked men who fought against him. It shows that David was even more concerned about evil inside himself than he was about evil from others.
According to John Trapp, the great preacher of the early church John Chrysostom said this psalm was used in his era (A.D. 349-407) as part of the evening liturgy in the Greek Church, due to the reference in Psalm 141:2 to the evening sacrifice.
LORD, I cry out to You; make haste to me: David’s need was urgent, so he directed his prayer to the true God (Yahweh, the LORD) and begged him to help with haste.. “I have cried unto thee, I still cry to thee, and I always mean to cry to thee
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” Psalm 23:5
If you’ve been following Rethink for awhile you might remember that I’ve written about this passage before. But in this post I want to dive deep into one verse
If you’d like to read about the entirety of Psalm 23 you can read that here: Psalm 23 Meaning And Significance (the powerful truth you need to know). When we approach the Bible it’s important to read it in context
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The best in Psalm 23, as in life, is reserved for the end. Here, the classic metaphor of shepherd and sheep is insufficient to describe the richness of the relationship between the Lord and His people, so the metaphor shifts to that of host and guest
This royal context explains the presence of David’s enemies as observers at the feast. We wouldn’t normally invite our foes to watch us eat, and we might on a different occasion regard their presence as likely to spoil our appetites
What Does It Mean for God to “Prepare a Table before Me in the Presence of My Enemies” (Ps. In Psalm 23, God is portrayed as preparing a table before the psalmist in the presence of his enemies (Ps
Robert Godfrey spells out the encouragement that this passage brings.. BINGHAM: We’re recording this episode live from Ligonier’s 2021 National Conference, and I’m joined by Ligonier’s chairman, Dr
I think when we think of the twenty-third psalm we focus so much on the shepherd imagery of the psalm, which so powerfully begins the psalm and carries the psalm along. I think, speaking as a historian, not an Old Testament scholar, I think that the psalmist is changing the imagery there from focusing on God as shepherd to focusing now on God as victor
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(For the same figure of the hospitable host applied to God, see Job 36:16; Isaiah 25:6; and the well-known parables in the New Testament.). In the presence of mine enemies.—We must imagine the banquet spread on some secure mountain height, in sight of the baffled foe, who look on in harmless spite.
Cup, in the sense of portion, has already occurred (Psalm 11:6; Psalm 16:5). has, “Thine intoxicating cup, how excellent it is;” Vulg
What does Psalm 23:5 mean?This verse may describe a gracious host as he provides a banquet for an honored guest, or it may continue the metaphor of the shepherd-sheep relationship. If it refers to a host preparing a banquet, David views himself as the Lord’s honored guest with David’s enemies present as captive onlookers.
As the sheep slept, they were protected by a circular stone wall and the shepherd who slept across the opening. Jesus identified Himself as the door to the sheepfold (John 10:7–9).
A shepherd would use oil to treat his sheep’s wounds. David may have been thinking about the Lord as his host or shepherd when he wrote, “you anoint my head with oil” (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.. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies: you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.
You make ready a table for me in front of my haters: you put oil on my head; my cup is overflowing.. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou hast anointed my head with oil; my cup runneth over.. Thou preparest a table before me – Here the second allegory begins
The 23rd psalm is known and appreciated by many, but it belongs personally only to those who call God their shepherd. It is a song of David’s confidence in God who faithfully provides for him
1-4), and as a dinner host who nourishes and refreshes His guest (vs. One gets the impression that David wrote this psalm at a time when he was experiencing hardship (perhaps when he was fleeing in the wilderness from Absalom)
Whatever threat David was facing, he could rely on God’s goodness and lovingkindness, and David knew the end of his life would be “in the house of the LORD forever” (vs. David opens his psalm with a simple but profound statement, “The LORD is my shepherd.” The word LORD translates the proper name of God (Heb
“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over” (Psalm 23:5). Of all the wonderful promises God gives us in the 23rd Psalm, this is one of the most glorious
Yet in a world as chaotic as ours, the word for table in this verse means “spread.” God isn’t speaking of just a little plate of food but a vast, massive feast. He sets before us row upon row of heavenly delights
As you dine on the sumptuous foods, God anoints you with gladness: “Thou anointest my head with oil” (45:7). “God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows” (45:7).
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.. This is the standard translation of Psalm 23 verse 5
However, a close and careful reading of the Hebrew original of this verse reveals that not only is this standard translation imprecise; but the deeper meaning of the verse is lost in these translations.. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
In other words, NEGED often implies a confrontational stance. The fact that this nuance is what is intended in our verse is clear from the phrase before it:
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies (Ps. David began Psalm 23 with the image of the LORD as a Shepherd who cared for him like a sheep
He was the Lord’s special guest, invited to feed on God’s delicacies.. He goes further to give us an astonishing revelation about God’s provision for him with the words “ in the presence of my enemies.” The Lord prepared a table for David to feast under the watchful eyes of his enemies who have been battered, defeated and subdued and could do nothing but watch their supposed prey enjoy the blessings of the Lord! Could you imagine the anguish of his enemies as they watch him enjoy a divine buffet with the best appetizers, entrees, and desserts from heaven!
This reveals the sovereignty and greatness of our God. He can make you have a feast even in the presence of your enemies
Among Christians, some of the most often quoted and beloved Old Testament scriptures are found in the 23rd Psalm. In very few words, these six verses paint a vivid picture of God’s overwhelming care for His children
Without our shepherd, the tumult of everyday life makes it hard to find true spiritual nourishment. Without our shepherd, we would not find absolute rest and would always feel vulnerable
Verse 5: You prepare a table… under the eyes of my enemies – The Lord prepares a rich “table” of blessings for us. Our enemies might not be right there, but they can see what is happening
In a providential way granting a sufficiency, and even an affluence of temporal good things; the providence of God lays and spreads a table for his people in the wilderness, and sets them down at it, and bids them welcome to it; see ( Psalms 78:19 ) ; and in a way of grace, the Lord making large provisions in his house for them, called the goodness and fatness of his house, and a feast of fat things; and under the Gospel dispensation, the table of the Lord, on which are set his flesh and blood for faith to feed upon; see ( Proverbs 9:2 ) ; and also in heaven, the joys of which are compared to a feast, and the enjoyment of them to sitting at a table, and which are prepared by the Lord for his people, from the foundation of the world; and of which they have some foresight and foretaste in this world; see ( Luke 22:30 ) ; and all this. they seeing and envying the outward prosperity of the saints, whenever they enjoy it, and their liberty of worshipping God, hearing his word, and attending on his ordinances, none making them afraid; as they will see, and envy, and be distressed at a more glorious state of the church yet to come, ( Revelation 11:12 ) ; and even, as it should seem from the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, the glory and happiness of the saints in the other world will be seen, or by some way or other known, by wicked men; which will be an affliction to them, and an aggravation of their misery; though here it seems chiefly to regard the present life
giving him an abundance of good things, not only for necessity, but for pleasure and delight; especially pouring out largely upon him the oil of gladness, the Spirit of God and his graces, the anointing which teaches all things, and filling him with spiritual joy and comfort; for this refers not to the anointing of David with material oil for the kingdom, by Samuel, while Saul was living, or by the men of Judah, and afterwards by all the tribes of Israel, when Saul was dead. The allusion is to the custom of the eastern countries, at feasts, to anoint the heads of the guests with oil; see ( Ecclesiastes 9:7 Ecclesiastes 9:8 ) ( Matthew 6:17 )
denoting an affluence of temporal good things, and especially of spiritual ones, which was David’s case. Such who are blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ, to whom the grace of the Lord has been exceeding abundant, and the Lord himself is the portion of their cup, their cup may be said to run over indeed.
– What is the significance of David saying “You prepare a table before me” (Psalm 23:5)?. What does the phrase “You prepare a table before me” mean?
How does this verse reflect God’s care and provision for His people?. How can we personally apply the message of this verse to our lives?
Does this verse have any cultural or historical context that helps us understand its significance better?. Is there any connection between this verse and the Last Supper?
He wants to kill everything in your life that’s good. For you have been invited to an intimate relationship with the Almighty
~ Louis Giglio (from Chapter 1 of Don’t Give The Enemy A Seat At Your Table). Have you ever sent a text in the heat of the moment? Maybe you are dealing with a situation where someone at work takes credit for your idea
Or maybe it is neighborhood gossip, divisions in your church, or aggressive online posts that cause you a level of angst.. Whatever the situation, it stirs up feelings of defensiveness, insecurity, frustration, or even anger within you
Like many others, this beloved psalm bears the simple title A Psalm of David. Most account it to be a psalm of David’s maturity, but with vivid remembrance of his youth as a shepherd
He had been a shepherd, and he was not ashamed of his former occupation.”. “It [Psalm 23] has charmed more griefs to rest than all the philosophy of the world
It has sung courage to the army of the disappointed. It has poured balm and consolation into the heart of the sick, of captives in dungeons, of widows in their pinching griefs, of orphans in their loneliness
There are a few words in Hebrew however, which don’t come through in their fulness when expressed in English. I’d like to tell you a bit about what I see in those words.
David’s life was in constant danger as the previous king, Saul, burned with envy against him and wanted him dead. David was a wanted man on the run, ducking and diving through the Judean hills and deserts, in search of escape, and safety
The next two words tell us that the Lord, YHWH, is his shepherd. The Lord’s name there is very profound and unique, yet here we see this awesome God, the One who just “IS” and who called all existence into being, is David’s shepherd
A devotion based on psalm 23, written by Maci Burgess.. He leads me beside still waters.[a] He restores my soul
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,[c] 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
It is one I have recognized since childhood; however, over the years it has deepened in meaning to me. As Louie Giglio puts it in his book, Don’t Give the Enemy a Seat at Your Table, Psalm 23 has so much more meaning than simply a Psalm, “woven into the fabric of our culture”
As one meditates on this magnificent poem, it is helpful to keep in mind that the poet is recounting the events of the full years in a sheep’s life. He takes us with him from the home ranch where every need is so carefully supplied by the owner, out into the green pasture, along the still waters, up through the mountain valleys to the high tablelands of summer.
It is here that the Shepherd and sheep seem to change to Host and guest. My divine Host has “prepared a table before me.” It is not a secret feast, but enjoyed in the presence of my enemies
In verses 2, 3, He, Himself, will lead me, so His goodness and mercy (love) will follow me (6). He will guard me behind and before, throughout all the days of my life