Psalm 23:5

Some time ago, I reflected on parts of the 23rd Psalm. Today, I feel led to review and expand just a bit. In reference to the Biblical scholars out there, I freely acknowledge my interpretation may be a bit off the beaten path, but I think still worth your consideration. Psalm 23:5a says, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” A very familiar verse, but I want to rearrange the normal emphasis just a but and see what it reveals. What if the prepositional phrases were swapped to say, “You prepare a table in the presence of my enemies, before me.” God loves our enemies as much as he does us. He also knows it is hard to yell at each other with our mouths full. 😊
Why should we think the table is just for us? Does God really mean for us to enjoy His bounty while our enemies look on with envy? I am convinced that the table He sets is not a stick to beat out enemies with, but rather an opportunity to turn our enemies into friends, thereby making them no longer enemies. In Matthew 5:45, Jesus reminds us that God makes the sun to shine and the rain to fall on the righteous and the unrighteous, alike. He cares for all of us, equally, and after all, none are righteous (no not one). So the next time you are in the presence of enemies, invite them to share the Lord’s overflowing blessings with you. I imagine you will find few enemies remain unchanged.
In Him,
Hal