Last night, I was leading family devotions, and we were studying Psalm 23. I believe nearly everyone is familiar with this and many Christians could quote it in their sleep. we had gotten through the valley of the shadow of death, when I stumbled across this verse:
“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine Enemies…”
Of course, I had read this verse numerous times before; but the meaning of it never struck me before.
Think of it…
The Psalmist in an earlier verse spoke of how he doesn’t have fear, because he trusts God. This verse, however, shows how much he trusts God; it also shows how much We should trust Him. Let me illustrate this for you:
Imagine an Epic, Raging, Final Armageddon-like battle taking place around you. Enemies surround you on every side and they are Hell-bent on your destruction. Arrows are zwipping by you. Everybody is hacking at each other with swords. blood is flying everywhere. death is in the air. And where are you amidst all of this chaos? You sitting at a table on the front line, Feasting on the finest meat and drink imaginable. You sit at the table prepared by the Lord, and you are not afraid. sounds crazy, right? It might be, if you didn’t trust God to protect you.
This is where it gets cool. We have a God that is limitless. He has the power to do anything and everything. Christ states in the Gospels that “…With God all things are possible.” That’s not a joke. The scripture doesn’t say that God can do a few things or that He can do some things. Jesus said “All Things”. Whatever you can think of he can do. After all, He created the universe. Is there anything to hard then for our God? of course not! And that is probably the most profound thing you might possible think of or try to comprehend outside of salvation. However, not only is he all-powerful, but He also loves us with a love that is so beyond our comprehension that it’s really hard to find a word that accurately describes it. The translators of the Authorized King James Version had the same problem when they came to John 3:16. They debated and discussed for a long time on how to describe the vastness of God’s love for us. they finall decided one tiny one-syllable word: “so“.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
God loved us so much that he was willing to send his Only Begotten Son to die for us so that we may be delivered from sin. now take those two aspects together. if He is Loving, and He is Limitless then you can bet that He will protect us, and that he is more than capable of keeping us from all things evil.
Therefore, if the LORD is able to keep us from all evil, then why should we be afraid when trouble comes? let us instead trust in Him, and in the Power of his might; for he is able to deliver us from trouble, and he is able to overpower all the legions of Hell. Let us pray then that we may be like David and not be afraid. Ask God that you may rather have peace, even as the battle is raging around you.
Psalm 27:1,14 sums it up perfectly,
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
Psalm 27:1, 14.
Reader, If you are in a situation that causes you fear, or if you are afraid that you are not saved and are on your way to Hell, please pray for God to save you. He is Able to deliver you, and he is most definitely willing to save you from sin…
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
~II Peter 3:9~
Or from trouble:
“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
Come now, don’t wait. Come and experience the peace and protection that God provides.
May His Word not return void. Amen.