Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You have anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and kindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord FOREVER. (Psalm 23:4-6) We all know "those" type of people. The people who see the glass as always half empty. If you ask my dad, he'd say they're not pessimists, they're realists (LOL). So you can see the mental challenge I've had to grow out of to begin to see things as the Word says and not as my eyes see. I can look at the glass and from one angle and it looks as though it's full, but from another it looks as though it is empty. Both angles are dealing with what my eyes can see, what's in the natural realm.
The problem is the Bible calls us higher. It challenges us to look not at the things that are seen, but the things that are not seen. It asks us to have eyes of faith.
I never had a true grasp of Psalm 23 until my time in Congo. I didn't understand what it meant to be in the valley of the shadow of death. I didn't understand WHY would I want to eat in the presence of my enemies. And what's up with this cup?
Trials and tribulations of life will come and Jesus will be there to comfort you. He prepares a table and invites you to come and dine with Him. Jesus knows that your enemy doesn't want to go near His table, if you choose to stay away from the table, then you stay within the enemy's reach. Come and dine at the table with your Savior. He anoints your head with oil. In Biblical times your head was anointed with oil to show that you were the distinguished guest. You were given a place of recognition. CAN YOU BELIEVE Jesus chooses to anoint our head with oil? He says, come sit here, you are my guest, I want you here, you are loved, you are wanted, you are prized. Then He overflows your cup. He's saying, there is more than enough for you here. There is no limit to what you can receive. Get all you need. Drink and drink. Receive His joy, receive His peace, receive His mercy, receive His grace.
We can choose to look at the glass as half empty or half full, or we can choose to believe the Word. Go to the table of the Lord where the cup overflows.
Be Blessed, J. Tate