DayBreaks for 9/26/14 – Showing My Enemies
Psalm 23:5 (NKJV) – You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
When I think of enemies right now, my mind is filled with pictures of ISIL/ISIS followers, a bloody knife in one hand and the head of someone they just beheaded in the other. It’s an ugly picture, but it is a picture that many are facing right now as ISIS forces have surrounded towns and villages, attacking, looting, raping and killing – all in the name of a god they claim to serve.
And if I can be honest here, the images and videos of the beheadings seem to at least have awakened the sleeping sensitivities of the world against such barbarism. At least for the time being. And it makes us cry out for retribution, for some way to show the enemy is wrong.
The Psalmist had many enemies – and many times they were seeking to kill him. As he wrote what we call verse 5 in the 23rd Psalm, I wonder if he had them in mind – and if he penned this verse as a way of claiming vindication.
Who appears to have the power in northern Iraq and portions of Syria? It’s ISIS, right? People are running, understandably, for their lives. But the families who have had members raped and killed and beaten want their faithfulness to God to be shown to be worth something. And so, enter verse 5.
It will be God Himself and no other, who prepares the table, inviting us as His honored guests, to sit at a feast He has set for us. The enemies will be there, but they are not invited to sit, to partake. And because it is God and not some helpless villager in the midst of some desert, the enemy will be absolutely, totally and forever powerless. They will be on the outside. God is showing our enemies who really is in the right and who is favored.
Here David is showing that he will be vindicated by God. But that’s not all: “Vengeance is Mine, I SHALL repay..” is the rest of the bargain that God has forged with us. As surely as God will spread the table with the choicest of fare, He will as surely exact vengeance for every cut of the knife, every woman violated, every home destroyed and every life injured.
God has a plan for us – a wonderful, marvelous plan! He also has a plan for His enemies.
PRAYER: Lord, keep us from pride or gloating over the fate of Your enemies. Help us to pray for Your Spirit of the love of Jesus to sweep like a Mighty Wind through the hearts of those who are so evil and violent that they may, by the same sheer grace that will save us, turn from their evil and sit at the table! Thank You for the table and festive celebration that awaits us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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