You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.Psalm 23:5
Yesterday we thought about how even in the middle of all the chaos that is going on around us, God prepares a table for us. We can trust God; we can rest at his table in the confidence that the Lord is my shepherd and so he will lead us to those good pastures and quite waters.
It was common at grand banquets for the well to do for the guests to have their heads anointed with oil. In Mark 14:3-9 we read the story of Jesus head being anointed with very expensive perfume. In Luke’s gospel Jesus points out this woman honoured him in a way his host did not.
It is not just that God provides for us in the face of our enemies, it is that he honours us with incredible abundance. The compassion and care of God is not just equal to our enemies it is greater than our enemies. So much so my cup overflows. God is more than can be contained.
Yesterday we took time to think about how we trust in God, if we trust God enough to entrust family and friends into his care. Today we are being challenged to trust in God’s abundant care, to know that when we leave our family with him, he is more than able.
To be clear this is not a promise that the current crisis will somehow miraculously vanish, whether that crisis is Covid-19, family hardships, grief, illness or persecution. It is a promise that through the crisis of life God’s care is more than enough.
Why not use this video to reflect on our trust and faith in an abundant God.
Prayer Heavenly Father we thank you for your incredible, abundant care for your people. We thank you that for you to be our shepherd means that you watch over us, always. Father teach us to trust in your care, to rest in how you are always watching over us. Amen