What if God’s not making your problems go away, but he’s providing for you right in the middle of it? What if as you struggle, he has supper served? What if in this destruction, he has dinner delivered? What if in your overwhelm, he’s inviting you over?
David wrote in Psalm 23:5 “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”
I never felt that verse applied to me. I don’t necessarily have enemies lining up against me on most days. I use dry shampoo to keep the oil away, and overflowing cups mean messes on the counter … right? Dismissed, doesn’t apply. Oh but girl, you would be wrong. This scripture is for you personally today. It meets you right where you are and meets needs you didn’t even know you had.
Back when David wrote this well-known Psalm, if someone was hosting you at their home, they were not only expected to feed you, they were obligated to safeguard their visitors from all enemies at all costs. You were under the host’s protection as a guest at their table.
So, understand, when God prepares a table for you, you are under his provision and protection.
I’m now undeniably drawn to this specific scripture because in the final hours of my Daddy’s life, as the veil between heaven and earth grew so thin, he spoke aloud some of the things he was seeing. He laughed the deepest deep belly laughs and told us how funny Jesus was and how happy everyone was there. He spoke about the light he was running to. And he said “set the table.”
Set the table. Prepare the table. Get ready, I’m coming to your house for dinner! Ahhhhh, what a scene he painted with those 3 words.
Set the table.
God has set the table for you, my sister. Right here in the middle of your chaos and problems, he has provision for you. Not only provision, but protection. In the presence of all that is still wrong, you will have everything you need.
You may not have an angry army of people coming at you as your enemies, but I bet you’re battling something. We’re all battling something. Something is working against you. Something is causing your struggle. Something has been holding you back. Something has you doubting, fearing, questioning. Honey, that’s your enemy.
God is setting the table for you, right here in the presence of your enemy. Maybe that enemy has come at you with depression. Is that where you are? Battling that hopelessness? Struggling to find the will to get out of bed? Dreading every part of your day, feeling like it’s more than you can possibly ever do? God is providing for you while you walk through this darkness. He says, “come, sit at my table and let me strengthen you. You don’t have to pretend it’s all okay, let me put this oil on your head.”
What does it mean for God to anoint your head with oil? David is referring to the custom of the host to mix fragrances with oil to soothe weary travelers. This was a special greeting for the most treasured guests. Receiving oil on your head was a special treatment of honor.
That is you, Sis. You are God’s most treasured guest. Come have a seat where he provides for you and anoints your head with oil. He soothes your weary soul. He lifts your burdens. He eases your worries. He provides what you didn’t even know you needed.
David had confidence in knowing God always welcomed him at the table. God always had special treatment for him. Why? Because they had a personal relationship. This is what God wants with you. A personal relationship where you know God ALWAYS has a place for you, and he always has special treatment for you. Honey, you’re his girl. He wants you at the table! He wants to provide for you and protect you. He wants to anoint you.
God is setting the table for you, right here in the presence of your addiction. In the presence of the consequences from your bad choices. In the presence of your messes and stresses. In the presence of your struggles and hardships. In the presence of your fear. In the presence of your overwhelm. In the presence of your divorce, your job loss, your inadequacies, your grief, your anxiety, your debt, your failures, your impulsive decisions, your negative thoughts, your emptiness … all of it. In the presence of everything your enemy, the devil, tries to hold you back in, God sets the table for you.
Right here in the presence of all of it, God shows up and provides. God shows up and protects.
He doesn’t wait for you to clean up your act before he offers dinner, no he meets you at your worst and says, “You’re my treasured guest, come in and see what I have for you.” His favor is for you, even when you haven’t been acting favorable.
It’s IN THE PRESENCE of everything Satan tries to do, right when you’re struggling and battling, God invites you in as his guest. God provides when you’re going through it. Yes, the table is set, come and receive what God has for you here.
When you are weary, he anoints your head with oil. He refreshes your mind and heals your thoughts. Is that what you need? Do you need a refreshed mind? Do you need healed thoughts? Well, go ahead and sit down at the table, God has invited you in to be anointed here.
This is where he fills your empty cup. You know, that empty cup where you just feel like what you have is never enough. That empty cup where you give and give and someone always needs more from you. That empty cup where you pour everything you have, but there’s nothing left for you. God wants to fill your cup to overflowing.
OVERFLOW. Oh, that’s a word that has been playing pin ball in my spirit for the past few weeks. Overflow. This is how God provides. He provides so much that it can just flow through you and from you. He strengthens you to give and never grow weary, and not be any more empty after giving. What God gives just keeps on coming, overflowing your cup more and more and more.
My sister, God has an abundance for you. He is not a God of lack or limitations. He has every single thing you need, and more of it than you know what to do with. Come sit as this table he has prepared for you, here in the middle of the chaos and the continued attacks by your enemy, and let your cup be filled to overflowing.
God has set the table for you. Won’t you come and receive from him? Be filled by him. Be strengthened by him. Be renewed by him. You are his treasured guest and he’s had this table set for you your whole life.
And here’s what happens when you have a seat at his table. The next verse, Psalm 23:6 “Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Yip, right where you’re supposed to be.