My dining room table is a collecting spot, a study place, and a mentoring area. It is used for family conversations, sorting notes, having coffee with friends, and yes, even for the rare times we want to eat there. Today it has many jars of canned tomato juice and green beans waiting to be put away, a plastic container that is ready to be returned to a sweet friend who gifted us with some yummy Cinnamon Apple Coffee Cake, and a glass carafe from the coffee maker that ‘died’ and I don’t know what I’m going to do with it. What’s on yours?
In Psalm 23 we are told that God prepares a table for us. David was also very specific about where this table was placed – – in the presence of our enemies. What does that mean? Why, in the midst of a battle, would someone do that?
God prepares the table for me. While I’m watching and waiting. He sets out the gleaming silver, the shining glass, the sparkling crystal. He provides the absolute best for me while my enemies are watching, their eyes popping out of their heads, and their mouths watering. The battle is still going on around me and He serves a sumptuous meal, complete with my favorite dessert. Why? Because he wants them (my enemies) to see how He provides for me.
My enemies, your enemies are real. Perhaps it is the stress of your job…Perhaps you have experienced the meanness of one you thought was a friend… Perhaps someone has spread some vicious, untrue gossip about you…
God is calling you to the table. While there He will serve you in the way only He can. He is a compassionate listener and will delight in having coffee with you. He knows your favorites and will serve you with love and grace. His merciful meatloaf is better than anyone else’s. He dishes up a forgiveness fruit compote that will ‘knock your socks off’. The water in your cup is full of life and never goes dry.
I can hardly wait for Him to seat me. How about you?
Blessings to you and yours!