Ps.23:5,6 – You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD
If the Lord is my Shepherd and my friend, I have peace no matter what enemies I may face. Actually, I can sit down and feast at the table of the Lord when all of hell is banging at my door. Here is how SPURGEON describes feasting when under attack.
“When a soldier is in the presence of his enemies, if he eats at all, he snatches a hasty meal, and away he hastens to the fight. But observe: “Thou preparest a table,” just as a servant does when she unfolds the damask cloth and displays the ornaments of the feast on an ordinary peaceful occasion. Nothing is hurried, there is no confusion, no disturbance; the enemy is at the door, and yet, God prepares a table, and the Christian sits down and eats as if everything were in perfect peace. Oh! the peace which Jehovah gives to his people, even in the midst of the most trying circumstances.”
What is our feast? It is God Himself. What a better meal, we feast on His body and drink His blood.
He anoints my head with oil. The anointing is everything to me. David had experienced the anointing as a child. It was His secret to conquering the giant, defeating the Philistines, writing the Psalms, and leading Israel to a time of peace. It is impossible to understand David without the anointing. It is equally impossible to live a Christian life without His presence upon me. Because of His anointing my cup is running over. This anointing not only empowers us, it satisfies us completely. He is my portion, my cup is flowing over.
His goodness and mercy are my portion. He not only does good things for me, as Jonathan Edwards often said, “He is my good”. He is goodness and His goodness is my portion. His mercies are with me everyday. If His goodness supplies my needs, then His mercies blot out all of my sins.
So this is my life. I find all of this, all of the blessings of the Shepherd, in the house of God. The Shepherd abides in this house; this is where I will live all the days of my life.