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The Table Before Us

Psalm 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my [brimming] cup runs over.
Our God gives us not only more than enough in the natural, but also spiritually. I read something very interesting in a commentary that related to the part of this verse that talks about anointing the head with oil. 
It is difficult for those living in a temperate climate to appreciate, but it was customary in hot climates to anoint the body with oil to protect it from excessive perspiration. When mixed with perfume, the oil imparted a delightfully refreshing and invigorating sensation. Athletes anointed their bodies as a matter of course before running a race. As the body, therefore, anointed with oil was refreshed, invigorated, and better fitted for action, so the Lord would anoint His “sheep” with the Holy Spirit, Whom oil symbolizes, to fit them to engage more freely in His service and run in the way He directs–in heavenly fellowship with Him.
He prepares a table for us in His presence. A place for us to be refreshed, restored, renewed and revived by the Holy Spirit. God gave us His Holy Spirit to enable us to stay in constant fellowship with Him while serving Him. If He is preparing a table for us it stands to reason that He doesn’t want us to eat alone. He desires to fellowship with us. He desires a relationship with us. We just have to accept His invitation. What good is a table prepared if we choose not to partake of the feast in front of us? I am again reminded of the parable in Matthew 22:2-6 2The kingdom of heaven is like a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son 3And sent his servants to summon those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they refused to come.  4Again he sent other servants, saying, Tell those who are invited, Behold, I have prepared my banquet; my bullocks and my fat calves are killed, and everything is prepared; come to the wedding feast. 5But they were not concerned and paid no attention [they ignored and made light of the summons, treating it with contempt] and they went away–one to his farm, another to his business 6While the others seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and put them to death. How must the king have felt? He had prepared everything to have a wonderful time with his friends, yet none of them would make the time to attend the celebration. I wonder if our Heavenly Father feels that way when we decide not to share in the relationship He so readily offers us? He is waiting at the table for us to come and spend a little time with Him. Will you choose today to accept His invitation?