Scripture Reading: Psalm 23
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Table—provision and comfort, not just a picnic. Banquet, feast—wedding feast.
Presence of enemies—not only protection, but sort of a slap in their face!
Runneth over—plentiful portions, abundance.
Psalm 78:17-20—chapter about how God provided for them in wilderness
And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness.18 And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust.
19 Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?20 Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people?
Tempted—desired proof of God’s power, doubted His ability to provide.
Furnish table—arrange and provide in a desert place with no provision—feeding of the multitudes, human inability does not equal God’s inability.
But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
sign of health and normalcy and happy. Not mourning with dust and ashes.
Joel 2:21-24—12-15—repent, come back and the Lord will provide
Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the Lord will do great things.22 Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength.23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.
Spring—sprout, bring forth.
God provides the means as well as the fruit.
2 Peter 1:2-4
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
God calls us to glory and virtue, He knows what is needed to get that, so He gives us that. Does not give automatic maturity, gives what is necessary to attain it.
Lust—the craving after the temporal things of the world. Corruption is rooted in lust, He gives you what is needed, no reason to lust.
And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? 27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?
One cubit—who can add the least measure? If you can’t do that, why worry for the other stuff? Little faith—lacking confidence.
And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Doubtful—unsettled, off-balance, uneasy hesitation, tossed about.
Seek—desire, plot. God knows what you need. These things—“the rest” in verse 26.Little flock—tiny huddle, both are diminutive words.
The Kingdom—if he gives this, pretty sure he can take care of food. If you have this great inheritance, why bother so much with temporal treasures?