- The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
- He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
- He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
- Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, 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 runs over.
- Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.
We have looked at the first four verses, today I want to look at verse 5. David wrote, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
When I look at verse five I could very easily do three entries from this passage. David combines 3 separate thoughts into verse 5.
The first thought is …
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. The message translates it this way, “You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies.”
When we look at this first thought of verse five we need to look specifically at 3 words. They are Prepare, table and enemies.
The word prepare in the Hebrew means to “arrange, to “set in order”, to “furnish”, to “ordain”, to “lay” or to “set in a row”. The English meaning of the word “ordain” is to establish or order by appointment, decree, or law.
The word table is the Hebrew word Shuehan which means spread which implies a meal. God chooses to prepare a meal or feast for us, right in front of our enemies.
The word enemies means “adversary, be in affliction, besiege, bind up, be in distress, enemy, oppress, pangs, to be in a straight (trouble)”. So, the word enemy does not just mean a singular force that is against me, like Satan. It’s much more than that, it’s simpler and more applicable to our lives. It is distress, pangs of trouble, oppression, affliction.
So think about this… In the midst of great trouble and distress and affliction, in an orderly way, God lays-out and organizes a long table of provision and sustenance for each of us. That is how much God loves and cares for us.
The second thought is you anoint my head with oil.
In most Pentecostal circles when you think of anointing the head with oil you think of praying for the sick. James 5:14 says, “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.”
The shepherd used oil for different reasons. The sheep had many enemies that would fly around its head. The shepherd would rub oil on the sheep’s head and it would make the different flying insects leave the sheep alone.
When the Lord anoints my head with oil, I believe that God is preparing our minds for His word or if you are being attacked by the enemy, the first place the enemy attacks is your mind. If the enemy can get your mind to wonder, he can destroy your life. All sin begins in the mind, whether you are thinking about doing something or you don’t take the time to think.
We have to protect the mind. Ephesians 6:17 says, “And take the helmet of salvation…” We have to protect our mind. The enemy will attack your mind. Lust begins in the mind. Suicide begins in the mind. Hate crimes begin in the mind. And I could go on and on. We need God to anoint our heads with oil.
The third thought in verse five is…
My cup runs over. The cup that runneth over is not only full – it is over-full. He who drinks from this cup need not worry in any way about being nurtured for he is blessed with excess, with abundance. The metaphor is clear. If we “seek . . . first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness” than we shall not want in any way. Our trust in God – as absolute and uncompromised as we can make it – is all that we need attend to.
God’s desire is the best for all of us. He wants nothing but the best. His desire is that we are blessed. He has many blessings for us. A verse that I read every week is Malachi 3:10. It says, “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.”
God says, the blessings I have for you are endless if you will obey me.
David wrote, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemy, you anoint my head with oil, my cup runs over.”