"You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows."
Metaphysically, we understand the Lord to be synonymous with the Christ—the indwelling Presence of God that is the truth of our spiritual identity. The Christ in me is infinitely powerful, but it's a quiet power. It doesn't shout to get my attention the way some of the negative thoughts in consciousness do. That's why it's important to remember that it is always within me, available to "shepherd" me lovingly through the shadows of death and evil that seem so real, to the green pastures and still waters of peace, joy and abundance that are my destination.
Even through the shadows and challenges, however, the Presence of God is always with me. I don't have to wait until the end of my journey to feel and claim that presence. Even in the face of enemies—metaphysically, fear-based thoughts of separation and unworthiness—the Christ of my being is available to me, feeding me, anointing me with affirmations of my spiritual purpose, filling my cup to overflowing with the energy of Life. The "goodness and mercy'"of the Christ are with me all the days of my life. It's up to me to know that and to choose always from that rich resource.