Monday, March 21, 2016

18. The Supply of Nourishment: "Thou preparest"


Psalm 23:5a

March 21

            Psalm 23:5 keeps the intimate second person language which began in verse 4, with the sheep addressing the shepherd directly. In all, there are ten lessons to be learned in these tender two verses. As I, His sheep, communes with my shepherd, I see the prepared supply of nourishment, despite the surrounding of the enemies. In this verse, I see my Shepherd anoint my head with the overflowing abundance of His Spirit.  

The Preparation: God has prepared for me a table. The word “prepare” means to “lay in order.” He has been expecting me and prepared a table as I come out of the Valley of the Death Shadow.

            God prepared my salvation and chose me in Christ. Ephesians 1:4 – “He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world.”  He invites the entire world to His prepared table, but some will not come. Matthew 22 says, 4He sent out his servants, saying, ‘Tell them “Behold, I have prepared my dinner: … all things are ready, come to the marriage.”  I love how the servants gathered “as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests” (22:10). I do not have to be good enough to come to His table, I simply must respond and be clothed in His forgiveness (22:12).

            He is right now preparing heaven for me. John 14 2In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

His preparations are quite unimaginable. “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9) 

“Dear Shepherd, before my spiritual eyes, I see a table of heavenly food prepared. May I feast at your banqueting table. Amen.”