“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)
What is your first thought when dealing with your enemies? Does your mind conceive thoughts of vengeance imagining what you would do to teach them a lesson? Do you pray a curse over their lives hoping that some misfortune comes into their life? Do you rest in God and allow him to do what’s best? Today, I want to encourage you by reminding you that God has not forgotten you and even now he is preparing a table before you in the presence of your enemies.
In this verse of scripture we see a confident outlook that finds rest in the Good Shepherd recognizing that even in the presence of his enemies God displays his favor and blessing within the life of one who will stop trying to take matters into their own hands. Also, it is important to recognize that what God does in the presence of our enemies in the present tense. It would be easy to say that this is some future tense faith promise, but there are no future tense words used nor are any past tense words used because faith is always NOW in the present tense(see Hebrews 11:1).
In Exodus 14:13 Moses teaches us how to face our enemies when at a pivotal point in Israel’s deliverance journey he declares, “And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day:for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever(KJV).” First, you have to give up on fear because fear or dread expects for God’s salvation to work like a roll of the dice where maybe he will and maybe he won’t it. If you are going trust God then trust God! Next, learn to stop moving anxiously and stand still. We sometimes are so fearful about the unknown outcomes in times of crisis that we never rest in God. If you don’t learn to rest in God then you will never be able to see the salvation of the Lord.
Today come into a place of confidence during your crisis no matter what it looks like. Expect for God to prepare a table before you in the presence of your enemies. Expect to emerge from these times with an increase in the anointing and an increase in the favor and blessing of the Lord. You are on the verge of a breakthrough.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases.”(Psalm 103:2, 3 ESV)
Do you have a redemption song? By a redemption song I mean that gratefulness which causes you to testify of God’s goodness to you. In the above scripture the psalmist expresses a redemption song that is all too familiar to many of us especially since “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree (Galatians 3:13 ESV)." Yes, you have been redeemed. According to Webster, to redeem is to free from what distresses or harms, to free from captivity by payment of ransom, help to overcome something detrimental, to release from blame or debt and to free from the consequences of sin.
In light of that definition you should be able to fully understand why every believer should have a redemption song in their hearts. Never forget the benefits of your redemption in Christ. Let the truth of that blessing stir up a praise on the inside that you feel strongly compelled to express outwardly. You have been made blameless and righteous. You’re not trying to get righteous, but in Christ you are the righteousness of God(see 2 Corinthians 5:21). That means you have no sinner’s record because it has been wiped clean by the blood of Jesus and now you are in right standing with God himself. In Christ we are also healed of every disease. Look at the word dis-ease. Anything that causes you discomfort or difficulty whether in your mind or manifested in your body is a disease. The good news is that we are healed of every disease in Christ our faith just has to connect with that new creation reality.
Today sing your redemption song. Sing it out loud for all the world to hear. God is too good to keep it to ourselves. Cultivate a lifestyle of praise and worship because you have been redeemed from sin, poverty and sickness and now you have unbroken fellowship with God.
“But for this very purpose have I let you live, that I might show you My power, and that My name may be declared throughout all the earth.” (Exodus 9:16, Amplified Bible)
There is a purpose for your life. I know that sometimes it may seem like you’re just existing, but if you really commit to your relationship with God, then you’ll begin to find out that there is a bigger plan for your life than you could have ever imagined. The plan of God will expand your whole outlook on life. The challenges of life will now be seen as nothing more than life development courses that are sculpting you into the person that God can use. James wrote, “My friends, be glad, even if you have a lot of trouble. You know that you learn to endure by having your faith tested. But you must learn to endure everything, so that you will be completely mature and not lacking in anything(James 1:2-4 CEV)." Today, start living the life that you not only want, but start living the life that God can bless.
Our minds must be renewed and quickened by a sense of divine purpose or else our existence will be lived from a purposeless perspective. Purpose is the fuel that motivates achievement. You will never achieve anything if you can’t see the big picture. A lot of people who feel as if they are failures in life only feel that way because they have no sense of purpose. If you discover your sense of purpose which can only be found in God, then success will come to you. We are reminded that, “God planned for us to do good things and to live as he has always wanted us to live. That’s why he sent Christ to make us what we are(Ephesians 2:10 CEV)." Our search for significance in this life has to begin with God because “he gives us the power to live, to move, and to be who we are(Act 17:28 CEV)."
Look at the negative situations that you have experienced in life and also think about the fact that no matter how bad or even life threatening it may have been, God preserved your life for a reason - His reason. That’s why Paul could boldly say,”We know that God is always at work for the good of everyone who loves him. They are the ones God has chosen for his purpose (Romans 8:28 CEV)." Look at that! God is always at work for you. Even when life throws you curve balls you can confidently say, “It’s alright because God is at work on my behalf right now.” Today, see yourself getting stronger as you endure the trials and tribulations of life because God is on your side. Remember what God told Jacob when it seemed like he was going through a lot on his journey to prophetic fulfillment, “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you(Genesis 28:15 ESV)." Trust God because “I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you(Philippians 1:6 AMP)." This is your destiny moment!
Steve Tolbert is an emerging revivalist who is passionate about drawing people closer to God.