“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” Psalms 23:5
This verse in Psalms is familiar to many but you may not have noticed something. Where is this banquet?
Picture this: Envision a large banquet hall with a long table sitting in the middle. The table is filled with everything good and in great abundance. All the dinnerware; plates, cups, utensils, napkins and such are all laid out to perfection. It’s the King’s stuff and His servants have prepared it. The table is set with fine food and drink and there you are sitting in the seat of honor.
In front of you is the great “cloud of witnesses”, (Hebrews 12:1), and others who are overjoyed that you are there and are being honored. You see their smiling faces all up and down the table and standing along the wall. You turn around, however, and see behind you a bunch who are not so happy; you notice they are all your enemies. There are some who lied about you, who hurt you, who betrayed you, and maybe one who wanted you dead. You remember many of them and what they did to you but you are reminded in your Spirit that you had forgiven them all. There are also several demons back there who have tried to “steal, kill, and destroy” you, (John 10:10), with their lies, deceptions, and tricks. But here you are, being honored by the King, and your enemies can’t do a thing about it. They have to just stand there and watch you being honored. They don’t like it but they can’t do anything about it, “Touch not mine anointed.” Psalms 105:15. What great feelings of peace and joy fill your heart!
Where is all this taking place? This scene is usually thought of as being in Heaven but…..will demons or even people who are your enemies be in Heaven? I don’t think so. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12. This scene is on earth. You have been faithful and obedient and God is rewarding you. What a great picture! This is what is happening on earth when you are following God’s will, trusting Him and persevering even in the midst of troubles. The world, led by the ruler of this world, (John 14:30), is trying to destroy you but when you resist him and remain faithful in trouble, “your enemies” can’t do anything about it, they have to stand and watch as God blesses you. Enjoy the banquet!