When God Blesses You in Front of Your Enemies

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Psalm 23:5 says, You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Good morning, I hope you are enjoying your coffee this morning. This morning I decided to add French Vanilla in my coffee. As I sit here looking out of the window in my kitchen as the branches on the trees are blowing in the wind. Such a crisp morning.

This morning I want to share with you my experiences with this scripture we have here in our devotion this morning. When I was in my 30’s I really didn’t understand what this verse really meant. Although my mother taught it to me and my siblings the whole chapter of Psalm 23 at the age of ten. She always told us that when we are afraid to always say this scripture in its entirety and the fear will leave us immediately. And boy was mom right, off all the scriptures in the bible this one was my go to theme.

Now to the present time. When I pray and ask God to move in a situation how many of you know that it’s in God’s timing?  This is what I want to ask you guys, “do you feel sorry for the people who God is dealing with on your behalf?” Let me explain a little more so you know what I am saying.

I had some people at work treat me unfairly. My work was questioned all the time. They even told me that I had an attitude problem. Why is it that when you don’t act like the world the first thing people say is that you have an attitude problem? I told them I don’t have an attitude problem I have standards. I couldn’t believe that I was experiencing this again after just going through this in 2018. I did what I also do and that is pray. While I was praying God was working. One day when I went into work the office machines stopped working, they called a technician in and he could not get the machines to work. 

No matter what management did nothing worked, I saw the frustration on their faces and heard it in their voices. They couldn’t understand how could a brand new machine not work properly. It was at that moment that I started feeling sorry for them. Now you might think or ask why would you feel sorry for them when God is taking care of your enemies? True, they are my enemies but God tells me to be humble.

The very ones who questioned me started treating me like you should treat any human being with kindness and respect.” It reminds me of the story of how God departed the Red Sea for Moses. Moses didn’t jump up and down and say, yeah that’s what you get Pharaoh. When God prepares a table for us in the presence of our enemies we are to be humble and pray for mercy for their souls. We aren’t to be proud or puffed up. For the moment we start gloating the Lord will remove His hands off our enemies.

It’s about the Salvation Of the Lord at work.  Have a Blessed Saturday.

29 Comments Add yours

  1. Dawn Ivey says:

    Great message! We should always pray for our enemies and have compassion. Hopefully they will see the love of Christ in us and want to know Him for themselves.

  2. Desiray says:

    That is so right. I believe that they see Christ in us. They just don’t know how to respond to Him.

  3. Eve says:

    I came across your blog and this is my 3rd reminder of the day that he will prepare a table a table for me in the presence of my enemies.

  4. workinggirl4 says:

    I just came across your blog and I was looking for some inspiration. Your blog posting became my 3rd reminder for today that God will prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies.

  5. Desiray says:

    Thank you so much for commenting. God always know where to send us for a word. Glad to hear it spoke to you.

    Have a blessed evening.

  6. Hosanna says:

    Awesome to see your post! And it’s so very true! I just wrote a similar one this morning on being kind to your enemies, I feel like our posts combined is the full lesson 😄❤️

  7. Desiray says:

    I believe we do sis.

  8. directorfsm says:

    I agree we should always treat our coworkers with respect especially when they are not returning that act. One thing we can not do however, is be a door mat for them. In a previous job many years ago I was the only Christian among a 12 man team and was constantly verbally and occasionally physically called out by one of the supervisors. It eventually got to the point where after repeated attempts to calmly and professionally ask him to stop I had to go nose to nose with him. His response was “I thought you were a Christian” I told him I was and God would prevail. We have been friends since.

  9. Desiray says:

    That’s great that a friendship was made. The world always assumes that we have to accept how people treat us all because we are Christians. Jesus never said we are to be trampled upon.

    Thanks for sharing.

  10. Gina Decker says:

    Great post! As Christians it is sometimes challenging to forgive our enemies, but Jesus did. We want to become more like Him.

  11. desirayl says:

    Thank you Gina. As you stated we need to become more like Him.

  12. Mom Life says:

    This is so absolutely true and speaks so much truth! What an awesome God we serve!

  13. desirayl says:

    Amen! God is so awesome! The way He works just keeps me in AWE of who HE is. Thank you for your comment.

  14. I’m a first time visitor to your blog. I find it very enlightening and interesting.
    Thank for coming over to my blog and liking my latest post. Continue your devotional advise for us saints and others.

  15. desirayl says:

    You are more than welcome my friend.

  16. YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. Thank you for sharing this. I am in the midst of editing my book, SECRETS and HOLY WHISPERS, and one of the chapters deals with this same topic. I was abused as a child by what I considered the wicked step mother from Cinderella. I would pray all the time as a child…Please God make her go away. As I grew older, I knew God would and could have vengeance or do something to her on my behalf better than anything I could have ever done. I was angry at all the stuff she had done to me over the years. One day my Dad called and said she had died an excrutiating death from Throat cancer. I admit I was…just for a very brief second… happy she was gone. I thought this was God’s vengeance…then I realized I was wrong to feel this way. I needed to forgive her for ..well, everything. The forgiveness didn’t help her but helped me more, plus I asked God to forgive her for all she had done. It was a lesson learned. Thanks again for sharing. God Bless, VICTORIA

  17. desirayl says:

    Wow! Victoria your testimony is going to bless so many people who are and have experienced what you went through.

    God has bless you in ways that I am sure you are not even aware of. When your book is done please let me know.

    You forgiving her was the best thing that you could of ever done. When we forgive it sets us free.

    Thank you so much for sharing part of your story. If you do not mind on my site I have a tab called testimony. I would be honor if you would share this there as well.

    God bless you Victoria.

  18. I am honored that you have asked me to share. I will definitely let you know when it is out. Should be soon. It is really God’s story within my own. It is a journey of healing from Abandonment, Abuse, Neglect and Molestation, I know that my journey and testimony is the stepping stones for many who are going through or have gone through similar adversities. May God be given all the Glory when it is released and may others find peace and healing.

  19. desirayl says:

    Amen. 🙏

  20. Shari says:

    Love this! I was bullied (mobbed) at work. I could never pray for harm on those who harmed me. God was in control, and He is good. I’m bully-free now.

  21. desirayl says:

    Shari, I am so sorry to hear what happened to you. No one should be mobbed. God had you in his hands.

    I have always believed that there needs to be safety for people at work. These companies talk about how they do not allow bullying.

    But yet people are still being bullied in the work place. It’s like up management refuses to do anything about it.

  22. desirayl says:

    Morning Laura, thank you so much for taking the time to read it and comment.

  23. danno1602 says:

    Really enjoyed this post. Put me in mind of Luke 6:27-28 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.
    Staying humble is so important. God bless,

  24. desirayl says:

    Thank you Danno, for sharing that scripture verse. That is one which we must actively do daily. For when we do we will not leave room for negative thoughts. Amen.

  25. danno1602 says:

    Thank you! I agree. Sorry for the slow response. I missed your comment. Have a blessed day.

  26. desirayl says:

    No worries, I know people are busy with things to do. I knew you would respond when you had the time.

    Blessings to you and yours.

  27. Thank you for the beautiful post.

  28. desirayl says:

    Evening Vanessa, so sorry to be responding so late. Thank you for the comment and taking the time to read it.

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