A Table in the Presence of Enemies
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
The psalmist tells us that God sets a table before you in the presence of your enemies. Usually, the richness of the table set before you when you are a guest depends on how rich your host is. So you can imagine the kind of table God sets before those who are his own children.
Let's examine this statement. Normally, you wouldn't set a table in the presence of enemies. (Indeed some would hardly like to set their table in front of their friends not to talk of enemies). Obviously your enemies would love to deprive you of your feast and steal it from you, but God demonstrates his absolute power in that he is able to set a table for you in the midst of your enemies and they can do nothing except gaze enviously.
The degree to which you can gain from God's word depends on how you read it. The bible tells us that "Those who know their God will be strong and do exploits".
"But the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits" (Daniel xi. 32).
In the Book of Daniel the three leaders Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego chose to serve God irrespective of the command of King Nebuchadnezzar and the threat of death. Rather they said whether or not God chose to save them, they would not bow before the King.
14 and Nebuchadnezzar said to them, "Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up? 15 Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?"
16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, "King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If the God we serve is able to deliver us, then he will deliver us from the blazing furnace and from Your Majesty's hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up."
They relied on God and as you will see if you read the whole chapter, God delivered them.
Many choose to bow to Satan. Some worship him. Even some believers fear him and believe he is in a battle with God. This is simply untrue. Satan is in no way a threat to God nor is he anywhere near Gods level. He had already been judged, found guilty and cast down before the creation of man. God has no contention with Satan. He is finished.
When God created man, Sin and darkness already existed. God separated the darkness from the light. There was no need for the Sun beforehand for the radiance of Jesus is adequate to illumine the universe. Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh to the Father but by me." John 14:6.
God gave man dominion over the earth, to rule over it and dominate it and all beings existing on it. Satan is Mans enemy. He is the one who would like to feast on the table set before us or at least deny us the pleasure of partaking of it.
It is necessary to understand the relative positions and Authority of God, Man and Satan in the world to be able to operate in dominion.
The degree to which you understand God is the degree to which you can partake of the table. No devil is big enough to take away God's blessing from you - if you have understanding.
This article is an excerpt from a teaching by Bishop Oluwafemi