This week we finish up our look at Psalm 23 with the last two verses of this Psalm of David. Verse 5 is made clearer today when we understand the culture when the Psalm was written. My Bible footnotes say, ‘In ancient Near Eastern culture, at a banquet it was customary to anoint a person with fragrant oil. Hosts were also expected to protect their guests at all costs. God offers the protection of a host even when enemies surround us.’
v5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
v6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Psalm 23 v 5 & 6