Pastor Tim

When is Dinner?
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies (Psalm 23:5a)
One of my favorite meals of the year, if not my favorite, is Thanksgiving Dinner. What other time of the year do you get so many choices of food that you can’t fit it all on one plate? And for me, the leftovers are almost as good as the meal itself. This is obviously a special day.
The above Psalm has been a favorite of countless Christians and probably the best-known Psalm in the Bible. It talks about a special day as well.
What is the significance of “You prepare a table before me?” The Hebrew word for prepare means to arrange, order or prepare. It was used in legal language to prepare a document. It was used in the military to prepare and order the soldiers and lay out their weapons for battle. It was used to describe one who is laying out something in a certain order.
Who is preparing a table? It is the Lord. Remember, the Psalm begins with “The Lord is my Shepherd.” He is the One arranging and ordering everything for this banquet. When a king had a banquet, it was a grand event. It spared nothing. To be on the guest list meant that the king favored your presence. There was no higher honor for a commoner. And given that the banquet would usually take place outside, in a court, those on the outside could sometimes look in and see those who were favored.
Thus, this table is prepared in the presence of my enemies. That means that there will be those who look on and see your favored status. They will long for what you have, but since they do not have the same access, you are free to dine in complete safety. The arrows of the enemy can’t reach you.
For whom is the Lord preparing the table? He is preparing it for you and me. Certainly, this speaks of a heavenly future. But it also speaks of a current opportunity for continued fellowship with the King. Jesus says in Revelation 3:20, “See! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” Every first Sunday we enjoy the Lord’s Supper together. But you can have a meal of peace and safety every day.
Every day can be a special day when you open door of your heart to the One who is knocking. You can enjoy favored status with He who gave His life for you. You can bask in the grace, mercy and love of Jesus every day. He understands your thoughts and hearts and trials and triumphs. He knows you’re not perfect since He experienced everything that goes with your sin and proclaimed, “It is finished (Paid in full).” You can dine safely from judgment. And the meal? Well, Thanksgiving Dinner, as good as it is, just can’t compare. Even the leftovers are amazing.
“Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest…” or maybe we should pray, “Thanks, Lord Jesus, we Your guests…”
Have a Blessed Thanksgiving! Pastor Tim