Summary: Final Message in Series on 23rd Psalm
My Cup Overflows
April 16th, 2006 Psalm 23:5-6
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INTRO: Welcome – final message as pastor – final message in series – great truths of the 23rd Psalm – not really Easter message but truths we possess because Jesus rose from the dead.
• The Lord is my Shepherd – no want – personal and powerful care
PS 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
• He Restores my Soul – Makes me lie down – green pastures
PS 23:2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he restores my soul.
• He Comforts me – paths of righteousness – dark valleys – rod and staff
He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Four final benefits for having the Lord as you shepherd…
PS 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
PS 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Talk about a great infomercial for why I have the Lord as my Shepherd!
5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
1. Abundant _Vindication_ by the Lord.
Enemies = persecutors, adversaries, afflict and distress me, actively oppose
• Understand – not people who we have offended
• Enemies because we have done the right thing – spoken truth
“I don’t have any enemies…” - sad! – because can’t live the life of a child of God without compromise and not make any enemies!
“Well I have!” – Well Jesus couldn’t! – He who combined perfect godliness with purity, sensitivity – yet committed to the truth – made enemies!
If you’re walking with Christ – stand for truth w/o compromise – enemies!
LK 6:26 Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets.
“Yea, but He also said… “Blessed are the peace makers” – Luke 6:26
• But didn’t say –“at all costs” – otherwise – “blessed are compromisers”
A time will come when your stand for truth will cause opposition in this life
• Possibly even from those who are close
ILLUS: David had enemies – Saul – loved David until jealousy – insane – turns out that the person who loved David passionately also hated passionately – even hated those who loved David – tried to kill own son
• David had enemies – knew about a table in presence of enemies
• Absalom – philistines – heathen armies…
ILLUS: Imagine all of David’s enemies in a great hall – seated around the edges – table in the middle - David seated at table – all around people who hated him – wanted to straighten him out – say a few things to him – tenseness in the room – who’s going to speak first? – icy stares, cut it with a knife – door opens – Great Shepherd – long flowing robes – eyes like flame of fire – walks across room – enemies say “Now he’ll get what’s coming to him!… Tell him what he needs to hear! – straighten him out!” – what’s He doing? – is He going to eat with David? – no – He’s going to serve him! – in the presence of his enemies – wait on him hand an foot – “David is there anything else?” – “can I get you some more…” – “you should try some of this…” - Table = great banquet / feast! - Lord Himself serves
What is that if not vindication? – if David in the flesh might say – “You think I’m so lame? – apparently the Lord doesn’t think so!”
• This is God’s confirmation on David’s life.
• Was David perfect? – NO – made mistakes – but “Man after God’s heart!”
Make note this - because I have abundant vindication – I know who I am!