Monday, May 9, 2011

Psalm 23, Verse 5

Psa 23:5  Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

The verse begins by describing a situation where the writer is banqueting, but surrounded by enemies.  Maybe it was the proximity of Mothers Day, but my mind went back to the time we had a new grade school teacher that I somehow ended up on her bad side, with a few notes sent home to my parents.  The next thing I knew, my mom had invited the teacher to our house for dinner.  Much to my chagrin, they got along very well.  And there I was, feeling like I was having dinner "in the presence of mine enemies".  But the truth is that my mom was always doing things for my benefit.  Just like God did for David and keeps doing for us.  Because this really doesn't talk about a banquet where the guests are enemies.  It speaks of everyday life, where lots of things come against us, but God gives us a feast in the midst of the turmoil. That feast may not always be evident.  However, if we're looking for it with the right spiritual eyes, we'll know it's there.

The next part of the verse tells us that David's head was anointed with oil.  Anointing was sometimes done to recognize an office, sometimes for healing, but always to show that God was equipping the person to deal with a situation.  We're given what we need to get through our particular circumstances.  Which is why, when we say we don't think we'd ever get through something someone else is going through, we're absolutely right.  We aren't given the anointing and grace for another person's trials...only our own.  So David (and us by inference) could expect God to supply the anointing and grace for bad situations and give him the insight to recognize the spiritual banquet that was a part of those circumstances.

Finally, the verse says, "my cup runneth over."  There's a saying in the world that asks whether you see the glass as either half full or half empty, if it's 50% full of something.  A friend of mine, Kim Poston, recently posted a different take on that when she wrote, "When your glass is half full, pour a little into someone else's cup;" One of the responses to that was Cathy Caron stating, "Isn't this a beautiful truth! We are blessed in giving..."  And that's the heart of this verse.  If we use the spiritual tools God gives us, we recognize that that there's always a blessing hidden in the situations where we're surrounded by "enemies", we're always given what we need for every circumstance, and our cup overflows.  No matter whether the cup is half full or there's so much that the contents are pouring over the sides, we always have exactly enough...and more.  So, we don't have to think about giving some to others.  It's a spiritually natural response of the mature soul to bless others, without even thinking about it.  The results include seeing that spiritual banquet when everything else around us is falling apart.

This is a day late thanks to my back doing interesting things   Maybe that's one of my situations with a built in spiritual banquet. Anyway, a belated Mothers Day with for all.  And, as always, don't forget to pray for Libby.

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