Comforted – Annointed – The House of the Lord – Psalm 23:4-6 – Truth in Scriptures
By Darrell Creswell
Psalm 23:4b-6 Your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Thy rod and thy staff comfort me. . .
The rod and staff are what the shepherd used for balance, to support, to guard his steps as he walked. It was used for guiding his sheep, for guarding the flock, and driving off enemies. We are to be reminded that we can take comfort as we see our Shepherd with his rod and staff—the very sight of them comforts us, as they show us He is there, ready and able to defend us in our every need. They impart confidence, showing that He will not leave us alone, and that He is always there equipped to defend us in all situations.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies . . .
You prepare a table before me, and it is spread in my presence, and set for me. God is our host and He prepares a banquet for us even when it seems as if things are insecure around us. We are able to sit at the table of our King and feast, protected by His majesty as we partake of His goodness in perfect peace. We are able to sit at His table confidently, and though surrounded by enemies, we feast in perfect security provided by our Lord. He invites us to come and feast on His goodness and grace. His sufficiency supplies our every need, as He lays and spreads a table for us, His children. We are partakers by His grace and invitation as He sets us down, and bids us to come sup and dine with Him.
What this is saying here is that it does not matter what our enemies think and/or do, they cannot interfere with our invitation from God Himself. We sit at a table made by the hands of Almighty God. It is by His divine favor that we are invited to partake of the feast that is savored with His grace.
“I’ll take a side of Jesus with these biscuits please.” :o)
You anoint my head with oil . . .
What this symbolizes is God pouring His Spirit upon us so abundantly that we are overwhelmed by it. The expression here notate God in great abundance. In ancient Israel, it was the custom to anoint the head during festive occasions as an indication of prosperity, happiness, and rejoicing. This entire process indicates that we are in God’s divine favor as He prospers us, and fills us with His joy resulting from His redemptive grace.
My cup runs over . . .
We see here that His word is indicating that we can be the recipients in abundance of good and wonderful things from our Lord. Not lost in this passage is His gift to us of spiritual blessings. When we are blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ, our cup always runs over. It is by the grace of our Lord that we receive these abundant gifts. He is the portion of our cup—it flows over as He supplies our every need, pressed down, shaken up and running over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life . . .
Grace, love, favor, and the salvation of God in Christ Jesus is with us always, and is always the same yesterday, today and forever. It is from everlasting to everlasting. These blessings flow from the goodness and mercy of God, and not from our own merit, or by anything of which we can boast. We are the recipients of His great mercy and loving kindness given freely to us. We must always be cognizant to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. We receive the love of God freely that He provides to us, His children. When we are down, broken, rebellious, undeserving, and even spiteful His grace is sufficient to supply all our needs.
All the days of my life encompasses it all. We need to be reminded that the mercies of God are new every morning, in the afternoon and all throughout the midnight hours. His goodness abides in us, and with us as long as our life lasts here on earth and continues in the world to come. Our being and existence begins and ends with His grace, blessings, and goodness. His blessings are forever, His gifts are forever, His mercy is forever, and His grace is forever. They are the gifts of God, which are without repentance.
I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever . . .
This here is indicative of our constant attendance, daily in the presence of God, both publicly and privately. We are a pillar in the house and temple of the Lord. We are there by His grace. We are built upon the foundation of Jesus Christ by His grace and we cannot be removed. We are intertwined brick-by-brick.
Revelation 3:12 All who are victorious will become pillars in the Temple of my God, and they will never have to leave it. And I will write on them the name of my God, and they will be citizens in the city of my God–the new Jerusalem that comes down from heaven from my God. And I will also write on them my new name.
Our future rests with our Lord in a dwelling in the house not made with human hands, but eternal, in the most holy heavenly place. It is a home that we will share forever with Christ in which there are many mansions, pure holy dwellings, quiet resting places for us—His people—where we will spend all of eternity with Christ—basking in His glory, partaking of His grace.