Practical Applications of God’s Proclamations and Promises
Ponder, Personalize, Pray!
Psalm 23:5. “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.”
Sometimes these days, when perusing many a Christian conversation thread, one wonders just how connected believers are with the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent Holy Spirit and the promises of God. Sometimes what comes across expresses more doubt, fear, and reactionary attitudes, rather than confident expressions of trust in our all sufficient King of kings and deepening desire for communing with Him.
God’s promises are perhaps better called proclamations of His beautiful, loving will for His children! It’s so important that we take Him at His word, especially these days when the adversarial forces are really out there and giving every impression that they are going to overtake the world.
While there may be rough sailing ahead circumstantially, what do you see in Psalm 23:5 about God’s provision for His sons and daughters in the midst of adversarial confrontations and situations?
How might this personally apply to your own situation?
What is the meaning of the “”oil”? What is the “overflowing cup”?
You may find it enriching to go to this link http://biblehub.com/psalms/23-5.htm for more references and use the commentary found there for help. It’s a good place to begin, as you pray and contemplate these passages.
Also remember Psalm 1:1,2 – “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.” Take this truth to heart as you ponder, personalize, and pray Psalm 1 in its entirety.
Write a prayer based on Psalm 23:5 and Psalm 1:1,2 expressing your faith in our LORD in the midst of challenges. Remember to also include your thanks and praise. Pray it often today.