23rd Psalm – Thu – 22-10-27

What is the most lavish banquet you have ever attended? Have you eaten at some massive buffet? Do you think a banquet is a vast variety of simple foods or expensive dishes on fine china and fancy linen? I know I’ve been to all-you-can-eat restaurants that offer more dishes than I can ever eat. But the image of a banquet that comes to my mind is Thanksgiving dinner with all the relatives piled into my in-laws home. I miss those days. All the work preparing the table and food was a display of love.

Psalm 23:5 uses the image of a banquet to describe God’s care for us. It says, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” (NIV) Notice this table is not simply a large spread of food. It is prepared as a victory feast. The enemies are present, watching. But the table is prepared for us, not our enemies.

Anointing the head with oil was a way the ancients dressed in their best. Today, people shampoo, blow dry, apply gel or hair spray, then comb or brush the hair. But notice that God is the one fixing the hair. He cares for us.

The overflowing cup is also a sign of God’s generosity. All of these images tell us God loves us and gives us much more than we need.

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