It had been a rough couple of days. I was assaulted by thoughts, enemy thoughts that kept coming against me. I was battle weary. I felt confused and lost. And got down on my knees to pray. As I began confessing all my oppressive thoughts, I felt a strong command to my heart, “Remember the great table of the Lord.” Oh yes, I thought, “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies” Psalm 23. What is at this table of the Lord? Truths. Truths that when taken up and taken in, fortify us for the fight within. These are not “visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads,” but correct thoughts of who God is.
I remember my grandmother’s table and a special meal served at her house. It was a feast worthy of exclamation. Fruit was fizzling in purple goblets and mere pats of butter had been shaped like roses. As each dish was carried out of the kitchen and placed on the table, everyone seated exclaimed things like, “Oh my…” “Wow!” “This looks wonderful!” And it was.
But there is a greater table. There is a table for weary and storm-battered souls. Sit down in the presence of your enemies and eat there. Feast on the richness of who God is. Take in, and savor, what is true of Him and what is true of you:
God is fighting for you. And he will win. (Exodus 14:14)
He loves you even when you feel terrible and unlovable. (Romans 5:8)
He knows right where you are, even if you feel lost. (Job 23:8-10)
He will never, ever, ever leave you, even if others do. (Hebrews 13:5)
Nothing will stop his persistent goodness and grace to you, nothing. (Psalm 23:6)
These truths give clarity. They wipe away confusion about God’s nature and what he is able to do. He’s deeply compassionate and all powerful. These truths wipe away confusion about where you are and who you are to him. You are under his watchful eye. You are deeply loved, and never to be forsaken. Exclaim over each of these revelations. Thank God for each truth. This is comfort food. Sit. Eat it until you are fat. Then give thanks. Give thanks that this food can and will, change your life! Give thanks that in the light of these truths, you see the enemy’s lies for what they are, pesky flies at the Father’s table.
Romans 1:21 says, “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God, nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened…” What keeps our thoughts from becoming futile? What stops our hearts from being dark? Glorifying God (gladly exclaiming over who he is) and giving thanks to him. This floods our hearts with light, which means peace, calmness, truth, and Jesus, because Jesus is light. Do these things and your toughest battles are won. Amen? Amen. Let’s eat.