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.
Have you ever reached that moment during a visit with friends or family when you realize the host is patiently waiting for you to leave? Maybe the better question is, have you ever had company at your house stay past their welcome? You start to send subtle hints…a glance at your watch, an awkward sigh at the end of a statement, randomly and consistently saying, “well, tonight was great, thanks for coming over” in hopes they will take a hint. We’ve all been there, on one side or the other.
When King David wrote Psalm 23, probably about 3,000 years ago, Middle Eastern culture had a more direct, not-so-subtle way of declaring when one’s welcome had been outlasted. They stopped filling your cup. So King David invites you over to his house for a BBQ, and when you sit down they bring you a glass of your favorite beverage. You sit, eat, talk, laugh, and every time the barista comes by your table your glass is topped off. Then, later in the evening, you realize your glass is empty and the barista has walked by twice now without acknowledging you. You’ve essentially been asked to leave.
Why does this matter? In Psalm 23:5-6, King David tells us that when we enter the house of the Lord, our cup overflows, our welcome is never over, we are never asked or expected to leave. Take comfort in that truth this week. You have been invited into God’s house, into His presence, and nothing you have done or will do will cause Him to awkwardly hint for you to leave. His grace is never-ending, as is His love for you. Be faithful that God is with you, He is for you, and He has a wonderful plan for your life.