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The Lord’s Table

Weekly Devotionals

The Lord’s Table

Psalm 23:5

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Where is your focus resting? Often we are unaware of how much our own focus is influencing our experience of reality. In this Psalm, David describes two very real situations in front of him; the Lord is preparing a table for him, and his enemies are present.

There is a choice to be made in this moment. David can focus on the enemies, which surround him. And we know from David’s life story that he had no shortage of enemies, many of whom may deserve David’s attention.

Or David could focus on the table placed before him. The Lord setting out a feast for David to sit and rest, be nourished and satisfied. Without worry of those enemies that still surround him, because he knows that the Lord is not only the provider of the feast, but David’s protector as well. To sit and eat in the presence of enemies demonstrates the trust David has in the Lord to protect him.

We are surrounded by enemies. All of us have the viral enemy of Covid-19 that is scourging the world. All of us have a spiritual enemy that seeks to steal, kill, and destroy. Some of us have the metaphysical enemy of depression, anxiety, etc. We are, at any moment, in the presence of very real enemies.

But we are not there alone; the Lord is with us. And this is not a Lord who abandons us or forsakes us; this is the Lord that prepares a table for us to feast and then watches over us with care, compassion, and strength.

There are enemies, but there is the Lord and his table. And the Lord calls us to His table to rest and eat. I want to encourage you to rest on the promise that the Lord’s table is here, even in the midst of all this chaos. And surely God’s goodness and love will follow us all the days of our lives, and we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.