Psalm 23, Day 5

Devotional for Friday, May 1

Our devotionals this week are all from the 23rd Psalm, “A Psalm of David,” considered in small meditative bites.

Verse 5
You prepare a feast for me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
    My cup overflows with blessings.

Remember the first day of these devotionals, when we talked about contentment? The shepherd who cares for our needs will also fulfill our holy wants. There is great reward in following him!

downloadIt does not matter if the world sneers at the shepherd’s flock. The worldly people, even their leaders, will have to watch in envy as the sheep receive far more than the world could ever offer.

The humble, the poor in spirit, the ones counted as irrelevant—these people will prove to be the ultimate insiders. The contentment of the sheep will turn to deep satisfaction and even irrepressible joy.

The one to whom all honor and glory must be given will honor us as his own. The psalmist tells us this in the language of feasting and anointing, the latter a practice we have largely lost. The point is, there will be a public celebration of those who stood with the Great Shepherd, Jesus Christ, and we may be shocked at who are and are not among the honored.

And if God wants to pour oil over our heads, rejoice! Feasting and anointing are the first of many blessings to follow.

Lord, we are not worthy of what you promise, but we are thrilled at what is offered. May we honor you to our fullest ability, beginning now! Amen.

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