Okay, I'll be honest. I began my post this morning all about the current debacle with Phil Robertson and then decided against posting it today. Although I know 98.2% of you readers (everyone but kayce) would rather read my controversial thoughts on the previous topic, I'm going to go a similar yet different direction.
Psalm 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies
Truthfully this verse used to annoy me. I'd hear people quote it all the time while I felt like I was the only one sitting here thinking, WHY God? Why are you going to make me sit at a table with my enemies around. I'd much rather sit at a table about 1,000 miles away from them.
Throughout the Word we find references to eating, drinking, feasting, etc. These feasts represent celebration and often when these occur they are representing/celebrating a covenant.
"You are now the blessed of the Lord, and He made them a feast and they ate and drank" (Gen. 26:31) "For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes" (1 Cor. 11:26) and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate (Luke 15:23) "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son" (Matt. 22:2) "Then he *said to me, "Write, `Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb (Rev. 19:9)
We could keep going, but you get the point, so let's address one verse that is usually only partially quoted. Then he said to them, "Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength (Neh. 8:10)
We love to say, "the joy of the Lord is my STRENGTH", but what proves that we have JOY?!? FEASTING! Eating, drinking, rejoicing, and celebrating.
Many times in life we're going through trials, tribulations, persecutions. We all would agree with the Word that we "wrestle not with flesh and blood, but with powers and principalities not of this world". We have an enemy and that enemy is not people.
God said that when the enemy is pressing in around you, persecuting you, bringing forth trials and tribulations, then God will prepare a table before us in their presence. Why?
God is inviting us as Jesus did to come and dine with Him. Come and feast at the table with the Creator. Eat, drink, rejoice, celebrate, this joy will be your strength. Feast on the Word, feast on who He is and what He has done. Rejoice always and again I say REJOICE.
The truth is that God knows when you come to feast on Him and with Him there is no demon in hell or on earth that wants to show up at that table.
Your enemies DO NOT WANT an encounter with the One who you are feasting with.
Feeling attacked? Feeling weary? Come and feast at the table. Eat, drink, rejoice, and be glad, the JOY of the Lord is your strength. Feast with Him who has overcome the world for you.
"If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink of the waters of life" (John 7:37)