You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Psalm 23:5
Do you know that most of us are stuck with certain God-images in our hearts and minds that do not help our faith? Let us replace those unhelpful mental images of God with this one presented in Scripture for our edification. The Good Shepherd is able to do for us what nobody else can. This verse is a portrait of God as the Divine Host. So the Good Shepherd, having led His sheep through various spaces, situations and seasons, becomes the banquet’s Chef and Host.
Compare what the psalmist says elsewhere on the same subject: “Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind! In the cover of your presence you hide them from the plots of men; you store them in your shelter from the strife of tongues” (Psalm 31:19-20).
I admit that in our home, my favourite time is meal time. When my dear wife says “dinner is served”, I begin to salivate immediately! I make haste to the dining room or kitchen with anticipation. Why? Because I have confidence in her culinary skills. She has proven it time and again.
My dear friend, how much more is it with our Good Shepherd and Divine Host! Be reassured today that God is in the business of personally preparing precious stuff for His beloved children. I urge you to embrace this truth with childlike faith. I am convinced that right now God has prepared wonderful opportunities for you. And when the Good Shepherd opens a door, nobody can shut it. No opposition or resistance matters. Believe, expect and receive. Bon appétit! Enjoy your meal!