Psalm 23:5-8: “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
David has celebrated the Lord as his shepherd in the first half of Psalm 23. Now, we move into the image of the Lord as his host. There is the table, the anointing with oil, and the overflowing cup. The Lord is nourishing his servant through a meal. At the table are God’s goodness and mercy; these are the very attributes of the Lord that nourish and sustain David; these are the attributes that give him confidence to press on in his journey with the Lord. David knows his days are secure — secure because he lives and will live in the house of the Lord forever.
Just as the Lord invited David to his table, he invites you. He is there ready to anoint your head with oil, to nourish you and sustain you, to surround you with his goodness and mercy.
Are you coming to the table? Are you receiving the good gifts of the Lord? These are the very gifts we need to receive in order to persevere through our many trials and tribulations. We, too, are guaranteed to live in the house of the Lord forever.
Ask the Lord to give you a picture or a sense of what it looks like for you to sit down at his table today. What does he want you to know? What does he have for you there?