Some of the loveliest and most intimate social times revolve around sitting down to dinner with friends. That’s probably why first dates are often an invitation to dinner. Crisp linens, just right lighting and warm food well prepared all lend themselves to relaxation and open communication.
That thought makes God’s promise in Psalm 23:5 particularly appealing. It says; “Thou dost prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” Imagine sitting down to a table that the Lord has prepared. Could any five star restaurant match it?
What dishes does He serve? He might start with an appetizer plate of His promises. The main course might be faith dressed with trust and hope. Then there is a huge helping of love and another side dish of overcoming victory. Bread and wine flow abundantly as reminders of His redeeming work on the cross. Dessert is sweet indeed: “Sit at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies a footstool for Thy feet.” (Psalm 110:1)
Oh yes – the enemies. While dinner is progressing they stand back from the table and watch. They stew, aggravated and furious, but impotent. They dare not disrupt a dinner prepared for you by the King.
If you have enemies of your soul nipping at your heels right now, you might put a smile on your face instead of an anxious frown. It means the kitchen is hopping with activity. The oven is pre-heating for a sumptuous feast. Get ready to be called to the table.
Sit down and pull your napkin onto your lap. You don’t have a worry in the world. Your question is not: how will you get me out of this mess Lord? Your only question is: what’s for dinner?