You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
The kings of old used to make a banquet after having achieved victory in battle. At the banquet the enemy king who had been defeated was placed at the foot of the table where the winner ate as an act of humiliation to the loser and hence as a gesture of exaltation of the victor. Anointing the guest of honor with perfumed oil was another way of exalting him, and the availability of wine to gladden the guests to the celebration speaks of joy and satisfaction for being able to carry out the task successfully. In this portion of the famous Psalm 23 King David tells us that the foundation of his success is the power of God and that only to him he owes the privilege of celebrating victory over his enemies.
Have you recently achieved success in the tasks you have undertaken? If so, have you recognized that everything you achieved was because you had God’s help? and if you did not have any success, was it because you did not depend on God, but of your own strengths and abilities? The word of God tells us to commit to the LORD whatever we do, and he will establish our plans, that is, he will ensure that everything is brought to fruition. If we depend on our own strength, two things will happen. First, we will utterly fail and second, we will feel faint because our forces are limited, especially when compared to those of our formidable enemies. Conversely, if we depend on God two things will happen, one is that we will win by decisively defeating our adversaries and the other is that we did not have to use our own energy because God took care of everything and in the best way possible. Which of these two options do you prefer? Only to God be the glory!
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Do not gaze at wine when it is red,
when it sparkles in the cup,
when it goes down smoothly!
In the end it bites like a snake
and poisons like a viper.
Alcohol abuse and dependence are both serious social problems that everyone knows but little talk about it. According to statistics, including estimates of the World Health Organization (WHO) 12% of all American adults have had a problem with alcohol dependence at some point in their lives and about 140 million people suffer from alcohol dependence worldwide. Conventional wisdom tells us that there is no small enemy and this one is certainly quite large. Like all the other weapons that Satan uses to deceive the unwary, temptation comes through the eye. Some people drink heavily due to “social needs.” Others do it because it is fashionable. There are also those who do it out of ignorance and some do it to continue traditions. There are even those who search the human genome trying to identify a gene that would justify such abuse. In any case, alcohol abuse and dependence are causing death, disaster and sadness around the world.
The Word of God exhorts us not to become careless and do not ignore the tricks that the enemy of our souls uses to make us stumble and fall. Do remember that the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life come from the world and oppose the execution of the plans of God. The Apostle Peter sums it up: “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.” Only to God be the glory!
Posted in Proverbs
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