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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May my lips overflow with praise,
for you teach me your decrees.
May my tongue sing of your word,
for all your commands are righteous.
If you want to know what a person really holds in his heart and what his true priorities are, ask him why he is grateful to God. If this person focuses on God and His Word, he will respond immediately to you and will mention the many things for which his heart overflows with gratitude. If he takes a bit to answer it may be for two reasons, one is that it has so many things for which to be full of gratitude that he needs a couple of seconds to rank them in order of importance from highest to lowest before stating them. The other possibility is that this person has never stopped to consider the many blessings God has granted him or simply he does not know who is the author of all things good and apparently bad that are part of his life.
Never forget that everything, absolutely everything we are, have and do we owe to our heavenly Father who gave us life, forgiveness of sins and salvation through His Son Jesus Christ. Consider the long list of daily blessings and benefits that our Father has bestowed upon us, which makes us the most privileged beings in the universe. Until we are totally clear about these things we will not know what it means to praise God. If you’ve never sat down to consider what God has given you, begin by investigating where your life comes from and who allows your heart to beat and lets you breathe. Soon you will realize that every aspect of your life, as insignificant as it may seem, you owe it to God. To him who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life give all thanks. To God alone be the glory!