When I was young, my family used to sit down at the table every morning and evening for meals. In the morning, my mom would set a full table with a space for each one of us. It was a feast regardless of what we were eating. It could be oatmeal or just cereal, but nevertheless, it felt as though it were complete and I was full in more ways than I ever understood. Even yet today, I can still muster up the feeling I would have knowing that each day, when I came out to breakfast, it would be there – THE FEAST!
Now, I’m not saying we all have to create a feast for our loved ones like my mom did for us. There’s no condemnation intended! However, there is a Biblical aspect to consider.
Psalm 23:5 states, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” Other translations literally use the word “feast”.
The word “table” denotes a kings table that was one of private or sacred use. The table that God presents to us is a place of intimacy. It’s a place of belonging, safety, peace and rest, if we choose to be seated. He doesn’t force us to sit down at the table. He prepares it or presents it to us so that we can choose to take part in the peace, confidence, joy and rest that a feast atmosphere carries. Also, notice it is in the “presence of the enemy”. This table is so complete – the feast so amazing – that even when placed on the battlefield, even in front of our foe, we are at peace, rest, and safety if we accept what God offers.
What a powerful visual that God has given about the posture we carry as followers of Christ. Of course, we know it’s not a literal table. Rather, it’s a spiritual one. When I am so intimately acquainted with the presence of God in my life, when I am so fully and completely enjoying His feast, my environment doesn’t matter. Even in the battle or the chaos of plain life, I will be at the table of the Lord, feasting on His Word and nourishing myself with His presence. The result will be a cup, which is my life, that overflows with power, anointing, understanding, wisdom, peace and rest.
So sign me up for the feast! Lord knows, I love to eat!!!!!