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God Will Prepare A Table - Psalm 23:5-6

Welcome to Day 26 for a short powerful devotion from our 30 Psalms For Anxiety, Fear, Worry, And Depression bible plan. This short devotional is from Psalm 23:5-6. In this study, we will explore the comforting words of Psalm 23:5-6 and discover how they can provide us with peace and assurance in the face of worry and anxiety.


Join me as we delve into this beautiful psalm and learn how God's provision, presence, and promises can help us overcome worry and experience His abundant peace, and make sure to join me in prayer at the bottom of this post.


God will prepare a table

Read Psalm 23:5-6: (Click on the verse to read it in various translations.)

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever." ESV.


Prepare a table before my enemies meaning

What does it mean that God prepares a table before you in the presence of your enemies?


Have you ever wondered what David the Psalmist meant when he wrote Psalm 23:5-6?


King David wrote Psalm 23. I am sure you are familiar with Psalm 23. It is the most searched and most popular Psalm in the Bible.


The central theme of Psalm 23 is that King David lacks nothing - absolutely nothing! That is how he feels and he has good reason to be so confident in God.

King David had many adversaries before he was king and during the time of his position as a king. He had seen God work throughout his life, protecting and providing for him. You can read all about David's adventures in the Books of 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Chronicles, and in many of the Psalms.

David had many flaws but he is well known as the man after God's own heart (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22) That was David's secret to being at peace when his enemies surrounded him. He had a close relationship with God. He was able to trust God when he was in trouble. He didn't know how to escape the trouble that he was in but he trusted that God would make a way for him in the darkness that pressed him on every side.



God will prepare a table in front of your enemies

At the beginning of Psalm 23, we see imagery of God as our shepherd, now in Psalm 23:5 we see imagery of God as an attentive, and gracious host.


David is an honored guest and God (Yahweh Roi) is his generous, caring host. You too are a guest at God's table.

In the context of a table being prepared, it represents a lavish feast, indicating God's abundant provision for His people. Just as a host carefully sets a table with an array of food and drink, God ensures that His children have all they need. It signifies His faithfulness to meet our physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, even in the midst of challenging circumstances.


The presence of enemies in this verse suggests that we may encounter trials, opposition, and spiritual battles. However, God's provision and care are not diminished by these adversaries. By preparing a table for us in their presence, God demonstrates His power and sovereignty over our enemies. It symbolizes His ability to protect us and grant us peace in the midst of turmoil, assuring us that no matter what we face, He is with us.


My cup overflows

The overflowing cup that we read in Psalm 23:5, represents God's abundance in our lives. A cup runs over when it cannot hold all that is being poured into it.


Worry can make us feel like we are running on empty and lacking what we need. But God is our generous host and He wants you and me to understand that when we come to His table, He has an abundance of not just material goods to pour over us but also the abundance of the Holy Spirit. When you feel overwhelmed with worry, remember that God has prepared a table before you. Take your eyes off of the circumstances causing you to worry and trust in the goodness of God and you will feel His peace.


Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

We read the words, 'Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life in Psalm 23:6. In these simple yet profound words, we find comfort and hope in the knowledge that God's goodness and mercy are constant companions in our lives.


Brace yourself for a thrilling revelation: God's goodness and mercy aren't just passively trailing behind us; they're actually in hot pursuit!


Did you know that the original Hebrew word for 'follow' in Psalm 23:6 is also translated as the word, 'pursue'?

The word, 'pursue' is usually only used in the context of an enemy chasing someone down but Psalm 23:6 conveys the idea that under God's care, we will be constantly pursued by His goodness and mercy all the days of our lives.


Think about it—when someone pursues another, it usually indicates a fervent pursuit, like a hunter tracking its prey. God's goodness and mercy hunt us down with unrelenting determination, relentlessly seeking to bless, protect, and shower us with their abundant benefits.


God's mercy never gives up

When we hear the word "mercy," we may think of a simple act of kindness or a compassionate gesture. But it's so much more! God's mercy goes above and beyond—it forgives our sins, extends grace in our weaknesses, and lifts us up when we stumble. It's a relentless pursuit of restoration and redemption.


Just imagine mercy as your loyal bodyguard, never leaving your side, even when you mess up. God's mercy won't quit on you; it's an unwavering force that seeks to bring healing and restoration to every area of your life.


Free printable prayer journal

Use our free printable prayer journal that was specifically designed for our 30 Psalms challenge on anxiety or a notebook to put into action all that you have learned from our study of Psalm 23:5-6. You can download it here. Use it to go deeper as you ponder all that God will reveal to you as you spend time in His presence.

printable workbook psalms for anxiety, worry, fear and depression

Bible affirmation: Remind yourself often of these biblical truths.

Don't worry, God will prepare a table before you in the presence of your enemies.


  1. God prepares a table before you in the presence of your enemies. His provision knows no bounds, and you can trust in His abundant supply. In every season, you will lack no good thing, for God is your faithful provider (Yahweh Yireh)

  2. Goodness and mercy shall follow you all the days of your life. You can be confident that God's guidance is ever-present, leading you on the right path. His lovingkindness surrounds you, protecting you from harm and guiding you towards His perfect will.

  3. You dwell in the house of the Lord forever. God's presence is your constant companion, bringing you comfort and peace. In times of worry or uncertainty, you can rest knowing that His goodness and mercy are with you, bringing you closer to Him and assuring you of His eternal love.

Scripture Prayer: Psalm 23:5-6.

Father, I am filled with awe and gratitude for Your goodness and mercy in my life. I thank You for the assurance that You prepare a table before me, even in the presence of my enemies. Help me to trust in Your provision, knowing that You will never leave me lacking. Thank you for the truth that goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. I am comforted by the knowledge that Your love pursues me relentlessly, guiding me on the path of righteousness.

I rejoice in the promise that I will dwell in Your house forever. Thank You for the hope of eternal life in Your presence, where worry and pain will be no more.

I surrender my worries and anxieties to You, knowing that You are faithful to guide me, provide for me, and surround me with Your goodness and mercy. Help me to live each day in the light of Your truth and to share Your love and grace with those around me. Amen.


Conclusion:

In Psalm 23:5-6, we discover powerful truths that can help us overcome worry and experience God's peace. By focusing on God's provision, abundance, goodness, and mercy, we can release our worries to Him and find comfort in His care. As we practice God's presence throughout the day, we can trust that He will provide for us, guide us, and bring us into His everlasting home. I hope this study encourages you to surrender your worries to God and embrace His peace which surpasses all understanding.


Other encouraging Bible verses:


Related Resources

  1. You will find the 30 Psalms For Anxiety, Fear, Worry, And Depression bible plan HERE It will have the list of 30 Bible verses that we are using for 30 days for our bible challenge.


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Karen xx.


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