You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Psalm 23:5, NKJV
The best revenge is putting the haters behind you and moving forward into God’s destiny on your life (see Ephesians 2:10).
We do not have to agree with the false narrative and curses spoken over our lives by cheaters and their cohorts. Further, we do not have to convince someone who is clearly disturbed or wicked–i.e. a cheater–that what he/she did was horrific and completely inexcusable.
That is wasted energy.
After we have rebuked the wrongdoer (see Luke 17:3), I see no Scriptural warrant or demand for us to stick around trying to convince someone to repent when they have chosen the path of the fool (see Proverbs 23:9). Sticking around to convince someone to repent who is in willful rebellion against God–i.e. the adulterous–is an effort in futility.
At some point–i.e. after exposing the wrongdoing via rebuke and/or Mt 18 steps–it is time to stop flushing one’s efforts and energy down the toilet known as Mr./Mrs. Cheaterpants.
Let God deal with the fool, He is better equipped than you or I.
You get busy fulfilling the dreams and works God prepared in advance for you to do (Ephesians 2:10). As we do that, my experience is that we will find the words in Psalm 23:5 true for us as well. God does prepare the banquet table in front of our enemies. It might not be an immediate banquet table, but I am convinced it is coming for those who trust in God.
This banquet table speaks to several points:
- It speaks to God’s abundance for our lives. King David ran for his life over a course of many years, yet he experienced great abundance later in his life. Furthermore, he had his own family suggest he was not the best choice to be king of Israel.
- It speaks to God’s public favor on us. A banquet is a big event. The verse speaks about how this is an event that the enemies of the author are attending or seeing. God demonstrates His great favor on the author–i.e. King David–by preparing this great feast for his beloved.
- It speaks of God orchestrated revenge. The verse talks of God preparing the banquet table before our enemies. In other words, those enemies are faced with an abundance that God Himself provided for us. Now, that’s a great revenge! And we did not have to do anything but trust God in this.
The more I have pursued God’s destiny on my life, the more I have experienced this effect. God has poured out abundance in my life both personally and professionally. I do not have to tell my enemies “You were wrong about me,” because God’s obvious favor on my life speaks volumes.
Like King David or Joseph, this turn around did not happen overnight. However, it did happen for me in this life even!
I hope you will find the truth of this verse true in your life as well as you stop wasting your energies on the foolish cheater and focus rather on God’s destiny on your life.