A TABLE BEFORE OUR ENEMIES

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows” (Psalm 23:5 ESV)

 Leslie M. John

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows” (Psalm 23:5 ESV)

“My enemies say of me in malice, ‘When will he die, and his name perish?’ “(Psalm 41:5 ESV)

Do we ever realize that the consequence of our sin frowns upon us and stares in jeer to remind us of our past disobedience of God’s commands?  No doubt, God redeems us from hell-fire, when we ask for forgiveness, but the scars of the sin show up on our physical body, if not for our entire life, at least for quite-a-while. 

David was so loved by God that the Lord said of him that he was a man after His own heart because He fulfilled His desires of wiping out Amalekites from the face of the earth; but he had to pay heavily for the sins he committed, and in consequence he suffered great agony in his sickbed.

How would God not have mercy on David, who being so a great king over whole of Israel humbled before the LORD and cried saying “…LORD be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee”

God is love, merciful, longsuffering and forgave David.  He prayed to the LORD to deal with his enemies who ridiculed him saying he was suffering from an evil disease and will never rise from his sickbed.

Even as he was suffering, in his pathetic condition from an unknown sickness, he showers blessings on one, who consider the poor or weak saying the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. He was greatly perturbed of his hypocritical friends, who paid called on him, when he was sick.  He knew that the LORD will keep him safe and will deliver him from all his enemies. He was critical of his friends, even as they appeared to be honest; nonetheless hypocritical.  He was sure that the LORD will make him rise from his sickbed.

“Blessed is the one who considers the poor! In the day of trouble the LORD delivers him; the LORD protects him and keeps him alive; he is called blessed in the land; you do not give him up to the will of his enemies. The LORD sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you restore him to full health” (Psalm 41:1-3 ESV)

Even when his enemies spoke of him in derision as to who would help him rise form his bed in his sickness, and when his dearest friend whom he trusted had lifted up his heel against him, he prays to the LORD to be merciful to him and raise him up from the bed in order that he may repay them in their own coin.

This was a prophecy uttered by David about Judas Iscariot, who in future, being a disciple of Jesus, would betray the Lord. Quoting this verse John writes that the prophecy was fulfilled.

“Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me”.  (Psalms 41:9)

“I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me” (John 13:18)

David knew that God will favor him and support Him with His mighty hand and in recognition he says with confidence that his enemy will not be triumphant over him.

He has confidence that God will uphold him in his integrity, and sets him before His face forever.  He had earlier said…

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever” (Psalms 23:6)

 He now worships the LORD by saying…

“Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting.  Amen, and Amen” Psalm 41:13

Priest Zacharias prophesied about the Son of God Lord Jesus Christ that He is the redeemer.  In fulfillment of many prophesies Lord Jesus, who relinquished His glory with the Father, came down to this earth in the form of servant, and in the likeness of man, to save mankind by becoming by becoming a substitute to bear their sins and die on behalf of them. He was crucified, was buried and was raised by God on the third day.

“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David” (Luke 1:68-69)

Apostle Paul writes that whoever acknowledges by mouth that Jesus is the Lord, and believe in heart that God raised Him from the dead on the third day will be saved. (cf. Romans 10:9)

Psalmist prophesied and said…

“He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the LORD” (Psalms 148:14)