Psalm 23:5a AMP “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.”
There is rarely if ever a time or place in life, free of worries, free of struggles, free of stress, or free of something warring against us. The Lord calls us to His banquet, to celebrate His goodness and be filled in whatever state we are in.
He calls us and welcomes us. The Lord reaches out to us in love. We are drawn to Him— drawn to the cross, drawn to the table. We are invited out of God’s mercy, and welcomed in hospitality, the banquet is before us.
The sheep ate in the pasture and drank of the quiet water provided by the shepherd in the presence of their enemies. The shepherd was there protecting them. The Lord, our Shepherd, prepares a table filled with His goodness throughout our lives where we are invited, and it, too, is in the presence of our enemies. He is our protector at the banquet.
David recognized the presence of God’s goodness even in the face of trouble or danger. Do you? I am sad to say that I often don’t. I often grumble and complain and miss recognizing the feast of God’s goodness before me. I neglect to give a sacrifice of praise.
Hebrews 13:15 AMP says, “…let us constantly and at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name.”
The book of Proverbs has further wisdom for us.
Proverbs 15:15 AMP “All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances].”
Do you see the feast of God’s goodness before you, even in the presence of all the trouble this day brings? Or is your mind filled and afflicted with anxious thoughts? Are the enemies blocking your view of what the Lord has for you? All too often we are weighed down with the overwhelming, the interruptions, the fears, the busyness, and we are oblivious to the bounteous goodness of our Lord.
The Lord has been showing me my great sin of discontentment. It is a serious sin. A sin that shows my lack of faith and trust in His ability to meet my every need no matter the circumstances. It is a sin of lack of trust in His ability to act on my behalf, to truly know what is best for me. Is He not all-wise, all-powerful, and all-knowing? He has a perfect plan, yet I, the clay, am arguing with the potter.
Oh Lord, help my unbelief. Open my eyes to the feast of goodness You have prepared. Fill my heart with thanksgiving and praise.
David knew the goodness of the Lord.
Psalm 31:19 AMP “Oh, how great is Your goodness which You have laid up for those who fear, revere, and worship You; goodness which You have wrought for those who trust and take refuge in You before the sons of men.”
Look for the feast of goodness God has prepared and laid out for you today. Offer a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, no matter what the circumstances of your life are. God is always good and He deserves our praise!