Social pressure is not a new trend. While today it may have its digital edge, there has always been a mentality of “us” and “them.” For the Believer, the world at large is not our friend, and we are not to aspire to be like it. Since the beginning, there have been many who have opposed the call, who have stood defiantly against our faith. Enemies, some may say. Even so, we have with us the Lord…
“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” – Psalm 23:5
A Christian, a real Christian, must walk through life with the clear understanding that he will be, in many ways, the antithesis of popularity. The morality and vision of the world at large is not to be shared with those who keep their eyes on Christ. Fear of the world though is not an option. We are to be steadfast in our faith, resolute in our walk, and constant in our declaration of the Truth in Christ. Even, of course, in the face of opposition, in the presence of our enemies.
In this vision provided by Psalm 23, we can understand that, though we may be surrounded by those who wish to do us harm, discredit our testimony, or inhibit our walk, we are to have peace in the Lord, exhibiting calm bravery by His side. Spurgeon said it well, noting “When a soldier is in the presence of his enemies, if he eats at all he snatches a hasty meal, and away he hastens to the fight. But observe: “Thou preparest a table,” just as a servant does when she unfolds the damask cloth and displays the ornaments of the feast on an ordinary peaceful occasion. Nothing is hurried, there is no confusion, no disturbance, the enemy is at the door, and yet God prepares a table, and the Christian sits down and eats as if everything were in perfect peace. Oh! the peace which Jehovah gives to his people, even in the midst of the most trying circumstances!”
In His presence do we find the balance of this comforting verse, “thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” Each day we are utterly inundated with blessings that we cannot begin to imagine. Sometimes we may notice the few that stand out, but is not each and every breath itself a blessing? Each heartbeat a treasure? Every loving glance from our spouses, our children, our friends and family a precious moment to be thankful for? We live such fast lives that we often – far too often – miss the beauty and blessings that swirl around us.
We hold our cups up to Him for more, yet many times cannot see that it’s full to the point of overflow with the great things He has already given us.
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” – Psalm 1:1-2
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