Hi worthy family! I have included the whole psalm for context, but as you can see there's only one small part that I'm having trouble understanding. I am not new to this portion of scripture but I have never quite grasped the complete meaning behind why God prepares a table for us in the presence of our enemies. I can intellectualise it but that won't provide the true answer. Holy spirit, give us insight! If you don't feel to answer, it's cool, just wanted to put it out there.
23 The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell[a] in the house of the Lord
Is it something to do with honour? Or shaming the enemy? What's the table for? What are the requirements needed for one to have a table prepared by God for them in the presence of their enemies? I don't like the enemy, anything I can declare against him that is written in the Word of God is what I want to declare, but I have to know what I'm speaking out or else the enemy can twist its meaning and bring deception - just like he did with Eve. I don't want to give him the upper hand!
I believe the Lord led me here, so whatever replies I receive, I will be sure to test everything (not ignore anything) and hold on to that which is good.
Blessings all xx