In the presence of my enemies by Deon Crafford
Psalm 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Luke 10:19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.
1 John 3:8 Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.
In the presence of my enemies. Why in the presence? Why not “You remove my enemies”? Ever wondered about this? Why would David testify that His God, His Shepherd would prepare a table for him in the presence of his enemies and appear grateful about it? Is it not as my friend Jan Becker suggested, that our purpose here on earth is exactly that – to engage and defeat the enemies that are intent on separating us from God or at the very least cast doubt on His grace and power? Jesus said as much when He mandated us to extend His ministry on earth – to do so in the all power that God bestowed on us through Him. So yes, I will be positioned, raised up and empowered in the presence of my enemies. No gentle and smooth existence laid out for me; much rather a constant challenge or better still an adventure. An adventure brought about by a hostile world, often embodied in my personal faculties themselves like fear and doubt, but where through Godly power I achieve decisive victory after decisive victory. Up unto that day when in the return of Jesus Christ the final and conclusive victory will be delivered.
“In the presence of my enemies” means that God purposefully sets me up against that or those that come against my faith and against my King. This is a battle line-up, but one in which my weaponry is of such a nature that there is only one possible outcome – victory. If I take up the weapon fashioned from the blood of Christ, I take up the weapon of mass destruction of evil. The Word makes it clear that the blood of Christ destroyed even the power if death itself. I need no superiorly worked strategy or smart tactic. What I need is the enemy in front of me – found, identified, fixed and isolated – ready to be struck by the power of the Holy Spirit which I have invited into my life and situation. There is no need to run or hide, because that and those that line up against God’s chosen have also chosen ultimate and final defeat.
Why would David assert that God “prepares a table” before Him? I think there is only one way to interpret this – He is blessed. He confirms like my friend Yorke, that he advances into life and the world under the banner and war cry of “I am blessed!!”. In the battle zone, morale is to the physical as three is to one. How my heart and my mind is set up and how I am Spiritually armed, is what ultimately determines the victor. If the banner of “I am blessed” is raised over me and embodies my morale, there remains only one scenario – victory. Advance then against your spiritual enemies!
Love to all