LIVING THE TRUTH OF PSALM 23 – part 5

As we read reflectively through Psalm 23, a few verses at a time, I pray that our God will lead each of us to know what living the truth of His Word means for each of our days. Whether it is a day of sadness, surprises, simplicity or celebration.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. – Psalm 23:5

I have to admit that I am getting more and more blown away by what our Lord and Shepherd does for each of us as we allow Him to have His rightful, loving place of sovereign authority in our lives.

Our Lord prepares a table, prepares a banquet, for us His people. His doors are thrown open and we are lovingly and enthusiastically invited to dine with our King. His warm and generous welcome and all the abundant provisions for a feast that will replenish, restore and refresh us are all there. All for us.

Our Lord’s plans, preparations and provisions to bring us to the table He has set before us cannot be hindered in any way by anything our adversaries do to us. Nor can our Lord’s plans, preparations and provisions be hindered by any adverse circumstances or situations we may be experiencing. No. The intimate fellowship with our Lord, and the magnificent banquet He has prepared for us, will go on just as He plans. The offer to fellowship and feast with our Lord, right in the presence of our enemies, will never cease. Our enemies’ presence around us and our enemies’ persecution towards us do not hold any power to destroy or deter what our mighty Lord, our loving Shepherd, offers us as we dine and commune with Him.

And I do know that just one of the many dishes that is lavishly offered at our Lord’s banquet table is the Fruit of the Spirit. The components of this dish alone – Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-control (Galatians 5:22-23) – fill our lives with replenishing, restoring, refreshing power beyond our imagination. Power against which no enemy can stand.

Our Lord, our Great Shepherd Jesus Christ, when faced with the full force of His enemy’s temptations and taunts, declared that we live, not on bread made by human hands alone, “but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). Fill up on God’s Word! It is our very life source.

Our Lord’s table, prepared for us, is where our Lord offers Himself to us in unimaginably intimate fellowship and lavishly provides us with His life-filling, life-transforming fare. No matter what state of affairs our lives may be in.

Read, again, today’s verse:

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. – Psalm 23:5

Come to the table. The welcome is given. All is prepared. Come to the table prepared by our loving, almighty Lord and Shepherd. His provisions are unlimited. His plans never fail. His banquet never ends. Here, we will be replenished, restored and refreshed, right in the presence of our enemies – because our King is present with us!

In the love and peace, grace and truth of Jesus Christ,                                              Sylane