“Thou dost prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies”.
Psalm 23: 5
I wonder what good food would do for me in the presence of my enemies. Am I going to pelt my enemies with spaghetti and meatballs? Do I poke their eyes out with bread sticks? This part of Psalm 23 didn’t really make sense to me and I would ordinarily skim right past.
But recently, I saw this verse differently. The table He has prepared is laden with everything I have inherited through Christ – every spiritual blessing, every physical blessing, every weapon I will ever need, every provision I will ever need. All there – laid out for me. When I am in the presence of my enemies there I will find my weapon. The God who spoke this world into existence and created the many species and ecosystems and gave each exactly what they needed not only for survival but also to work in relation to other ecosystems for mutual survival, prepared a table for us! An orderly, lavishly decorated table with everything we have need of in the face of enemies.
When the enemy of fear comes against me, all I have to do is look at the table prepared before me and find what God has provided to combat fear – peace, truth, the spirit of power and a sound mind.
When the enemy of pain or sickness comes against me, I can find on this table the healing Christ paid for on the cross.
When the enemy of worry comes against me, there on the table lays the peace that passes all understanding.
When the enemy of rejection comes against me, I browse the table until I find the adoption papers that assure me that I am His.
All these and more are piled to overflowing on this banquet prepared by the Lord. And all I have to do is believe and feast on His provision.
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