The Lord is my Shepherd: My Sustenance

6h February

 “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You honour me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.”

Psalm 23:5

 God’s goodness cannot be put into a measurable figure or quantity. His faithfulness cannot be matched by any human endeavour. We have learnt that God is our protector, provider and deliverer, yet for all the verbs we can use to describe God’s character, none will ever do justice to the awesomeness of our God.

Today we learn an even more incredible truth about our Good Shepherd’s character in verse 5 of this wonderful psalm. David again uses the imagery of God providing for his every need, as he did verse 1 “I shall not want”. Yet the preparation of this feast is so much more than food. It is so much more than a table. In fact it encompasses all those things and more. David is using this imagery to describe the victory that he has in the Lord. That no matter what comes against him, God will purposefully prepare and lay out a spread that runs over with His provision and present it to him in spite of his circumstances. What intimacy and what assurance in an Almighty God.

The enemies that David described may not always come in the form of physical or spiritual foes, it may be circumstances or natural disasters, yet whatever it is we can rest in the fact that God has bought His table of provision right in the centre of the storm and has laid it out for us to feast on. The battle has been won and God is the Victor. All we need to do is rest in His victory. Let your cup of blessing run over. Feast on His provisions and know that whatever you are facing, God has prepared a table of victory for you this day. YOU are blessed. Go and share that blessing with others.

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