Friday: 22nd February, 2019
Reference text: Psalm 23
Psalms 23:5 You preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: you anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
There is little argument that the best atmosphere for a meal is one with peace and quiet, hence on many accounts that would be the preferred option. It therefore remains highly unlikely that one would be comfortable having a feast in the midst of their enemies where piercing eyes and sharp tongues scrutinise every bite taken.
In times past, unless a king thought differently or faced great adversity, in the Josean Dynasty, his meal was almost always ‘a feast’. Breakfast could consist of as many as nineteen dishes so that ought to give us an indication of how lavish royals could live. Key fact though: circumstances could change even what a king ate.
Yet, the Psalmist was absolutely certain that even in the presence of his enemies, God will set up a banquet for him. The message renders the above text: ‘you provide a six course dinner in the presence of my enemies’. In short, changing circumstances do not influence the decision of God to be good to us.
Amidst the turmoil, the troubles and turbulence; amidst the chaos, cacophony of worries and causes for alarm; beloved, God remains good to us.