"Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over."
I.Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies.
A. Three things in verse 5.
B. Three analogies in verse 5.
1. That of a warrior.
2. That of a priest.
3. That of a guest.
C. Word "prepare" means to set up, to set in a row, to set in order.
D. Our fight is on three fronts.
E. David had many enemies.
1. Hunted by Saul (like a partridge).
2. Hounded by Satan.
3. Haunted by sin.
F. In the cave, God prepared a table for David.
In the wilderness God prepared a table for Israel.
G. Spiritually the table speaks of fellowship and communion.
H. David and Daniel had enemies. Daniel said I will not eat. (Ezekiel 14:14)
1. Job overcame the devil; infernal enemy.
2. Noah overcame the world; external enemy.
3. Daniel overcame the flesh; internal enemy.
A. Every believer is a priest. (I Peter 2:5; I Peter 2:9;
Revelation 1:6; Revelation 5:10; Revelation 20:6)
We are priests, and as a priest:
1. Right to confess our sins to God.
2. Right to come boldly to the throne of grace (middle wall of partition gone.).
3. Right to offer sacrifices.
a. Body. (Romans 12:1)
b. Good works. (Hebrews 13:13)
c. Praise. (Hebrews 13:15)
d. Giving money. (Hebrews 13:16)
e. Obeying constituted authority in the local church. (Hebrews 13:17)
Sacrifices of praises, person, purses.
B. Oil; symbol of Holy Spirit.
Three persons were anointed.
1. Potentates. (Revelation 1:1; I Timothy 6:15)
2. Prophets; spokesman, declares him.
3. Priests. Moses anointed Aaron.
C. Oil and wine were chief medicines of the East. (Luke 10:34)
1. Holy Spirit will give fullness, freshness.
D. Many reason why Shepherd carried oil bag.
1. Snares, Isms and cults (thorn bush).
2. Sunstroke. Don't get struck on self.
3. Scratches. If you do anything for God, you will get some scratches.
4. Sight. One anointing not enough for the summer. (bugs, parasites)
5. Sex. Mating season. When two sheep rub together, infection spreads fast.
6. Snake holes. Pictures of what the Holy Ghost does for the child of God unknown to him.
A. My cup of judgment was drained by our Lord.
B. Cup running over means abundance. (Matthew 26:42)
C. Shepherd put nose of sheep in cup; cause the sheep to get rid of fever. (Nose in cup
would cause it to run over)
D. It was the responsibility of the host to keep the cup of guest full at all times. If
cup was only half full it meant that he was liked very much. But if it was overflowing he
was welcome and had access to his presence any time.
E. How does a vessel overflow? Only by being kept under a flowing fountain. He is the fountain of living water. (Jeremiah 2:13).