Promise Of Promotion
(The Lord Is My Shepherd Part 7, Psalm 23:5)
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.”
This message is a promise of promotion! It is a word of encouragement for all Abba’s kids who have been facing challenges. You may have been feeling like you were walking through a valley of shadows, unable to see the way ahead. Perhaps it has felt like this difficult time will never end, but I have news for you! The thing about any valley is that it cannot go on forever. Valleys are the ‘low’ place between mountains and therefore, when you have walked through the length of the valley, you come to the foot of the next mountain and you begin to climb once more. There is now only one way you can go, my friend, and that is upwards, hallelujah!
Valley times may be dark, difficult and confusing, but if you have walked through this time clinging to the hand of God, and sustained by His Word, you are stepping out stronger and better, and filled with divine power. You are stepping out into a better place. God is promising to vindicate you in the sight of those who maligned and discredited you or tried to trip you up. He will promote you and cause them to watch!
When the psalmist (David) wrote “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies”, he painted a picture of a person sitting to a lavish meal while surrounded by those who were trying to take his life. It is a picture of perfect security in the face of extreme enemy activity, and this was the story of his life for the many years he lived in the desert. David knew what it was like to be hunted by his enemies and how difficult it would be to sit at a table and eat in peace unless he had an assurance of safety in the Lord. God blessed him in the face of all the attacks and treachery that surrounded him, and the Lord is doing the same for you. His favor is opening doors for you which no man can stop. He is setting up divine connections and supernatural help. He is bringing you into the fullness of His plans and purposes, and calling you to a better place in the sight of those who worked against you. The people who have maligned you and tried to cut you down will have no choice but to see God blessing you and lifting you up to higher ground. You were not meant to stay in the valley. You were meant to climb up the mountain and reach the top, and there is nothing that can stop you because this is what God wants for you!
So be encouraged dear friend. Your Abba God knows just what you have been going through and He is setting you up for promotion. He has seen your faithfulness and faith, and how you held on to Jesus despite all the discouragement that came against you. You are going to experience a level of blessing that you have never known before because He has prepared a banqueting table for you in the presence of your enemies. You will have more than enough of everything you need – your cup is meant to run over. And there is more! Lift up your head and look towards Heaven, because Daddy God wants to anoint your head with the oil of His Spirit. There is an increase of the Anointing and a deeper revelation of the things of the Spirit awaiting you. You are climbing up that mountain, and heading for a higher place, hallelujah!
Dear friend, stop looking around you and hating where you are at. You are heading for better and greater things if you cooperate with the Holy Spirit and let God take you to where He has destined you to be. So how can you cooperate with the Lord? By refraining from grumbling and negative remarks, by looking ahead to everything God is doing, by staying hungry for the Presence, by feeding on the Word and believing that God has good plans for you and wants to prosper you. You are heading for higher ground! May you walk in a deeper revelation and with great hunger for Jesus always. May your cup be filled and overflow. May God Himself anoint your head with oil and lift you up, in Jesus’ mighty name, Amen!
Minoli Haththotuwa, 11 November 2013