I have been to restaurants with a lovely ambience, where the lighting was just right, music played gently in the background, and the tastiest, most beautifully presented food you can imagine was served with a smile. It would be very easy to enjoy a delicious meal served in such a place as this, but how about the same meal at the same table smack dab in the middle of a war-torn country, with bullets flying over your head and people who hate you encircling you, and watching you with malicious intent while you try to enjoy your feast. Like any king, David had many enemies and he was declaring in Psalm 23 that God was blessing him even though he had enemies all around him wishing for his failure, and maybe even his death. How could anyone ever enjoy a meal in such a terrible place?
Well, first of all, if God is setting blessing in front of me, with my enemies all around me, then I know that He is protecting me. Adversaries might be all around me, but if God is for me, then who can be against me (Romans 8:31).
Next, I think David had the revelation that you don’t have to wait for circumstances to be perfect in your life to enjoy what God has for you. You have to focus on the beauty and good things God is giving and doing. In the middle of some of the most troublesome times in my life I was still experiencing God’s blessing, and I had to choose to be thankful for the blessings rather than complaining about the problems in my life.
Lastly, one way to really annoy your enemies is to not respond to them in the way they want you to. How irritated would your adversaries be if they are practically breathing down your neck and you are sitting there, fearless and unintimidated, tucking into a delicious meal and taking no thought about them at all?
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying the blessings God brings into your life, it would be wrong not to. He very openly sets before you a table of blessing and has invited you to sit, feast and enjoy – even if there are those around you who don’t like you and don’t think you deserve it, particularly the enemy of your soul, the devil. Annoy the devil, and enjoy God’s blessings, because God is for you!