Rabbi Schneider — He Is All We Need
God bless you and Shalom, beloved ones. We are in the midst of a series today called He Is All We Need. We're gonna continue today in Psalm number 23 as we devotionally read this critical section of Scripture.
Beloved, did you know that Jesus said he was the offspring of David? That David is described in Scripture as a man after God's own heart? That David said, my soul yearns for you like a deer panteth for water? Jesus, beloved, is the offspring of David because David was a symbol of the heart of God. We're gonna continue today and pick up where we left off last week.
I'm picking up in verse number 5. But I really want to encourage you to get this entire series, He Is All We Need. It's available online or through the information today at the end of the broadcast, the contact info. Let's pick right up now in verse number 5.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. (Ps. 23:5)
Now what does this mean and how is it applicable to us today? Well David is talking here, beloved, about the victory that he experienced in his life.
When God was preparing a table of plenty in front of David, in front of the eyes of his enemies, it symbolized that David was blessed with the life of victory.
Do you know in the Torah, in the Book of Deuteronomy, the Lord said something similar to Israel, when he said to Israel, if you will love me and keep my ways, he said, you're gonna be the head and not the tail.
You're gonna be one that lends and you're not gonna be one that is depending on others for finances. You're gonna be blessed when you go in. You're gonna be blessed when you go out.
You're gonna be above and not beneath. And God just went on and on and on about the victory that Israel would experience as long as they were leaning and clinging to God. We see the same thing in Israel's history that whenever they depended on God alone, they were victorious.
In other words, when they went into the battles that the Lord commanded them to go into, and they were completely dependent on him alone going into the battles, they always were victorious.
But when they started trying to drive out the nations before them because they were pushing these nations in front of them out of the way to get into the Promised Land, and they were clearing out the Promised Land of the enemies that lived there, when they began to rely on things other than God alone to do the job, they started being defeated.
When they started making allegiances, for example, with other armies, non-Israeli armies to help them fight, to beef up their forces, when they relied on the arm of the flesh, they lost. But whenever they put God first, when they were abiding in him, clinging to him, they always had victory.
And David is expressing the same type of victorious lifestyle when he was relying on God alone. David had already expressed in the Psalm that Jesus was his shepherd, that Jesus was his source of light, that Yeshua alone was what he was living for.
And now he continues on the blessing that's to be experienced by those that are living this type of lifestyle; these that are seeking God first and his kingdom first. And he said, this blessing vows, he said, being victorious over your enemies.
Now we have to ask the question, who is our enemy? Well, often times when we start thinking about our enemies, the first thing we start thinking of are people. People in lives, that you know, did something wrong to us.
People that we feel are standing in the way, people that might have harmed us in the past, etc. But you know, Paul said that our real enemy is not a flesh and blood enemy. It's a spirit.
And when you and I are truly pushing in to know Jesus, when we are truly, beloved ones, seeking first his kingdom and his righteousness, when we are really seeking first the kingdom of God, learning about walking in the spirit, not according to the course of this world, but truly learning how to walk in the spirit, living in the supernatural, living by faith in God's Word, rather than by what we're seeing with our eyes, rather than by, you know, what we're reading in the newspaper, rather than by what the culture around us is telling us.
But we're really seeking God, putting him and his Word first, stepping out in faith to obey, making time to seek him, when we're really pressing in to this eternal reality of knowing Jesus, do you know what? The heavens are gonna part, powers of darkness that oppressed mankind are gonna be pushed aside.
God's light is gonna break in and we are gonna experience a victorious life in Jesus, both by being renewed internally, day by day, through being engaged with him by the Holy Spirit. He is building us up on the inside and God is so good that we're gonna even see him entering in to our circumstances and putting our circumstances under the domain of the kingdom of God.
He is gonna put our circumstances, beloved, in order and he's gonna put us at a table of plenty before the enemy; that we're gonna see those that have risen up against us both in the spirit world and in the visible world, beloved, that they're gonna be broken and that God is gonna lift us up and exalt us in him.
Now this is something that requires a lot of balance to understand, because we have to understand that many people that have sinned against us, they didn't realize fully what they were doing. And God has mercy on them just like when Jesus was on the cross, and he said, Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.
And we also need to be practicing releasing blessing on our enemies because they don't know what we're doing. But I'm telling you this, at the end of the day, you're gonna be victorious over every one of your enemies.
And even those who have sinned against you that God loves, they're gonna be brought to a place where they're gonna admit that what they did was wrong, if not in this world, certainly when they stand before the judgment seat of Christ. And you're going to experience, even in this age, beloved, listen to me, a victorious life.
You're gonna find yourself that God is gonna keep prospering you. You're gonna find that God is gonna keep blessing you. As you put him first, God's gonna give you victory. David expressed it by setting a table before him in the presence of his enemies.
You're gonna see that as you keep putting God first, God is gonna keep on blessing you. God is gonna keep renewing you. You're gonna find yourself continually being transformed.
You're gonna find more and more peace in him, more and more joy in him. Those around you will not be able to deny that you have victory in your life because of your growing relationship with God, and because of the eternal, invisible nature of the kingdom that's at work inside of you.
They're gonna see it in their own eyes by the way that you handle yourself, by the way that you speak, by the way that you handle your circumstances. They're not gonna be able to deny that there's something supernatural about your life.
You're gonna be a sign and a wonder even to those that opposed you, even to those that you witness to that denied God. They're gonna be sitting at your table and they're not gonna be able to deny that there's something special going on in your life. Even if they won't be able to bring themselves to say that it's God, they're gonna admit that you've got victory in your life.
And it's gonna happen to every single one that has set their hope on God. The Lord said, he that sets their hope on me will not be disappointed. And beloved, when you're connected to Jesus, you're connected to victory, because Jesus is the victorious one. And his power is at work towards you and he lives inside you.
When you're walking hand in hand with Jesus, you're gonna be living a life of overcoming victory. Greater is he that's in you than he who is in the world. We are more than conquerors through all these things.
We are overcomers. Beloved, we are victorious in Jesus. And if we find that we're continually falling and continually failing, and that there's no fruit, we have to ask what is wrong, because Jesus is the conqueror and he lives in us. And his love has been commanded toward us.