Tuesday Morning Recap

Gentlemen,

Tuesday we continued our series on the 23rd Psalm with a discussion of verse five.

“Thou preparest  a table before me in the presence of my enemies; thou anointest my head with oil, my cup overflows.”

What does the image of the Lord preparing a table for us in the presence of our enemies mean?

Bob asked –” Who are our enemies?” While few could identify enemies by name we all could identify the things that cause worry: the economy, problems at home, health issues, etc… God wants us to be the honored guest at a party in the presence of the things that scare us the most. Sound like a party you want to attend?

How could we possibly enjoy ourselves? Imagine the dinner conversation “Excuse me, overdue bill, could you pass the salt?” The only way we could relax is if we valued being with our host more than we feared our enemies. And the only way we could feel that way about the host is if he had the power to defeat our enemies. Jesus said “In this world you will face persecution but take courage for I have overcome the world.”

Peter is an example of how we can have courage in the presence of our enemies. He denied the Lord to a servant girl and then ran and hid from those who would do him harm. However, after an encounter with the risen Christ, Peter preached boldly  – “Let all the house of Israel therefore know assuredly that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”  The confidence in the resurrected  Christ was greater than Peter’s fear.

What does it mean to have our heads anointed with oil?

Grady said that it means we are very valuable to God. We are royalty — children of the king. If that doesn’t boost your self esteem I don’t know what will. By anointing us God is saying we are His and nothing is going to get in the way of His plans for us.

Do you feel worthy of this honor?

One of the greatest things about being a Christian is that His love for us doesn’t depend on our feelings. We don’t deserve it and can’t earn it. That’s why it’s called grace.

Next week verse six. Consider the following questions:

1) Is God’s goodness and mercy real to you? If not why not?

2) What does it mean to dwell in the house of the Lord?

See you Tuesday.

John

 

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