Psalm 23:5 (ESV) – You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Do you realize how many enemies are marshalled against you? Consider the world, the flesh, and the devil. The devil is continually orchestrating the world to tempt my flesh to sin, the wages for which is death. And he’s pretty good at it. He is a formidable enemy. I have countless sins on my record, and that number is growing daily.
Each of my sins, from the seemingly small and innocuous thoughts to the obviously harmful aggressions I’ve committed against others, is a legitimate disqualification for me from entering heaven. I have no hope except for the love of a sovereign God who has made and will keep his promises to me in Christ.
Listen, if I could lose my salvation, I would. If I could sin enough to disqualify myself, then I have no hope. If it were up to me, I’d be a “Goner.” But I’ve entered into an eternal relationship with God based on promises that only he can keep because he’s sovereign over all things.
The theme of the book of Esther is also the theme of my life. God sovereignly keeps his promises to us. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus are God’s guarantee that he can and will keep his promises. The presence of the Holy Spirit in my life is God’s guarantee that he is able to work everything together for my good and his glory. The Father’s kind words of promise in the Scriptures are God’s guarantee that nobody can pluck me out of his kind shepherd’s hand.
My enemies are real and ferocious. I can’t deny them. But God’s love for me is greater for even when I was a sinner, Christ died for me. God’s lavish grace is greater than all of my sin for where my sin abounds, grace abound much more. That’s a lot of grace!
Yes, my enemies are formidable, but even in the presence of my enemies, God prepares a table for me to sit with quiet confidence and feast on his amazing grace! And they can’t do anything about it. I can eat till my heart’s content! My cup is always full with the best of God’s goodness and mercy. My head is dripping with the anointing oil of his Spirit’s ever-present help and protection.
What a feast! What a God! What a Savior!