Psa. 23:4-5 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
David knew quite well about the new wine of the Spirit. He had been “under the influence” quite often since that day he was anointed by Samuel. Nothing had ever quite been the same since that day. He had fought giants, bears, and lions. He had written songs, songs seemed to be continually in his head. He had defeated an army of Philistines, David actually killed one hundred of them himself in one day. Now David had become the King of Israel. How did this amazing string of events happen to him? It had to be supernatural, after all, David was just a shepherd. Martin Luther made some interesting comments about David’s “shepherd Psalm”, check out his words, he was speaking about today’s scripture text.
“David wishes to say this: “Lord, thy guests, who are sitting at Thy table, the believers, not only become strong and bold giants in the presence of all their enemies, but they also become happy and drunk. David is speaking of spiritual power, joy, and intoxication- the power of God: and joy in the Holy Spirit, as Paul calls it; and a blessed intoxication, in which the people are filled not with wine, for that is debauchery, but with the Holy Spirit. They( the apostles) stood up in Jerusalem against the command of the emperor and the high priest….and they pressed forward with all strength and joy, as though they were intoxicated, as some actually mocked them and said they were full of new wine. Such power, joy, and blissful intoxication are manifested in the believers not only when they prosper and have peace, but also when they suffer and die. When the council at Jerusalem, therefore, had the apostles flogged, they rejoiced that they had been counted worthy to suffer shame for the name of Christ.”
Martin Luther attributed what was happening in David’s life, as well as in the lives of the apostles, to the supernatural power of God. He showed that it was impossible for these fishermen to show such boldness in the face of the power of the jewish priests as well as facing the Roman Empire. No one in a sober state would risk their lives the way these men did, they had to be drunk. David attacking a giant warrior as a young teen ager, the apostles confronting the authorities in Jerusalem, intoxication was the only explanation. They were drunk all right, but they were drunk just like the day of Pentecost, “not as you suppose”. David, the apostles, and men and women of God through the centuries have overcome impossible obstacles in this “drunken state”. They all had been drinking the same beverage, the new wine of the Holy Spirit and the water of the word. Maybe its time you had a drink, it couldn’t hurt.