Good Folks, today is Friday, September 14, 2018.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Psalm 23:5 (NRSV)
My daughter Paula recently sent me a post she read about someone’s thoughts on this section of Psalm 23.
Sheep can get their head caught in briers and die trying to get untangled. There are horrid little flies that like to torment sheep by laying eggs in their nostrils which turn into worms and drive the sheep to beat their head against a rock, sometimes to death. Their ears and eyes are also susceptible to tormenting insects. So the shepherd anoints their whole head with oil. Then there is peace. That oil forms a barrier of protection against the evil that tries to destroy the sheep.
When we lived in Brazoria, 1997-2003, we were often told of the tales on how mosquitoes could kill cattle in the fields. At times, the mosquitoes were so thick that they would cover the nostrils of the cow and ultimately suffocate the animal, I was told. Or their voracious piercing of the cow’s thick skin and drawing enough blood would weaken the animal enough that it had to be “put down.” In our six and one-half years of serving that great church, low flying planes would constantly spray the community for mosquitoes. I believe, if memory serves me, that Clute, Texas celebrates a Mosquito Festival once a year. Go figure.
Like David in Psalm 23, we experience God is many ways. David reminds God of his actions and David’s response is one of gratitude and grateful living.
Think about this: a table is prepared, an anointment (blessing) happens and there is an abundance as a result of God’s action.
May a table be set for you, today. May you be blessed to be a blessing. And may you experience the overflow of God’s generosity in your life.
Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God. Wm. Carey
Blessings from Duncanville,