Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
When we prepare a table we are usually expecting some kind of company. We put out our best silver ware, finest china and stemware. Most likely we put out a spectacular centerpiece and light some candles to make our guests feel welcome. The meal we prepare is a great feast; we fill their stomach with the best cuisine we can offer them. After sharing stories of life and current events we serve a delicious dessert everyone wants the recipe for. When the Lord prepares our table before our enemies he also uses the best he has to offer letting them taste his kingdom despite the wrong they have done to us. What seems like a wrong to us maybe the Lords way of testing our faith, to see our love or forgiveness in action. Luke 6:27 says, “Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you.” What better chance we have to forgive then being in the presence of our enemies.
Later in Luke 6:3, 36 Jesus tells us to, “Love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.” When we can sit at this table, face to face with our foes they will know we are children of God. The Lord is kind to the unthankful. When he cleansed the ten lepers he knew only one would come back and thank him but he showed them all kindness even if the remaining nine were viewed as evil. If we do as Christ did in the previous example the verse in Luke explains our reward will be great. When we decide to present ourselves at the table before our enemies we are showing an act of kindness to those we perceive as evil or unthankful. When we do this we are being merciful which can be defined as, “full of mercy.” A definition of mercy is, a blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion.” So to be like Christ we should be willing to show even our worst enemy mercy because Christ is our blessing and divine act of favor or compassion and we are to live like him.
To show mercy as Christians we should never think of ourselves as better even in the presence of our enemies because all are children of God. As the lords humble servants we are to show acts of kindness to all mankind, being willing to fulfill people’s needs. When we perform these humble acts of kindness even to those have hurt us we are showing them the truth of God’s love their unkindness to us will be exposed. In essence without returning evil for evil the Lord is exposing the wrong they have done as a retaliation to reward us for being kind to those who have wronged us (Proverbs 25:21,22). At this table in the presence of our enemies we may feel the Lord is leading us into danger or even a type of death. In Isaiah it says, “no weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper.” Even if they are planning a form of attack the Lord is on our side. When our enemies confront us if we have the Lords favor they will not triumph over us (Psalms 41:11). Even if we are in the darkness before our enemy the Lord watches over us and keeps us safe (Micah 7:8). Also we are warned in a similar manner not to take joy when our enemies take a fall.
As believers we must understand that the Lord alone is the author and finisher of our faith. His table and his judgments are prefect just as He created all things perfect. The Lord sees the wrong people have done us and the evil we have done to others. Our enemies are more than likely not enemies of the Lord because he wishes for all men to be saved by the grace of the cross. God is judge of all so if they are considered His enemy the Lord will put them under His feet (1 Corinthians 15:25). Last week we did learn of one enemy of God and how this enemy oppresses believers. This enemy Death, is called The Last Enemy and it will be destroyed (1 Corinthians 15:26). The perfect table the Lord has prepared should bring no fear because the Lord has made us His anointed. As written in today’s verse if we are the anointed of God we should show no fear and face our enemies head on. The final part of today’s verse says, “my cup runneth over.” It runs over with what, we may ask? It runs over with His anointing, His blessings and His kingdom even on earth as it is in heaven. When we are seated before our enemies in the presence of the Most High you oh God deliver us. The Lord delivers us from our enemies so we can serve him without fear destroying one stronghold death has over us (Luke 1:74). I pray for his anointing to overcome the enemy to fall on each of us to destroy fear in our lives.