Preparing the Table

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“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.”  Psalm 23:5

I love to sit down to a pretty table.  It indicates the host has put some thought, into making the dining experience “special.”  There may be seasonal flowers, or a pretty schematic theme, carried out in the beautifully displayed plates, napkins and cups.

On a prepared table, you may find an amazing array of brilliant colors displayed; even  in the foods God gave us to enjoy.  Hues of greens, reds, oranges, yellows and even purples, can fill our plates; pleasing our eyes; as well as our palates.

Eating meals with family and friends, is such a display of peace and enjoyment.  This scripture declares, God prepares a table before you, in the presence of your enemies.  How could one possibly enjoy a meal, in the presence of one’s enemies?  An enemy represents a source of conflict; battles within and without; those blood pressure raising, acid reflux producing, problems that try to steal your God bought perfect peace.

What is stealing your peace and calm?  What is that one thing; you have allowed the enemy to use, that is messing with your heart and your stomach?  Look to God who prepares a table before you; in the presence of the enemy, that has come to steal, kill and destroy your peace.  Jeremiah said, “I found thy words and I ate them, and they became for me a joy and a delight.”

If the enemy is fear:  “God is not a God of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

If the enemy is hopelessness: “Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the LORD.” Psalm 31:24

If the enemy is hatred: Hear the word of the LORD, You who tremble at His word: “Your brethren who hated you, Who cast you out for My name’s sake, said, “Let the LORD be glorified, That we may see your joy…”  Isaiah 66:5

Remember the Scripture dispels the enemy.  You can enjoy the goodness of the Lord’s table; despite your enemy’s best efforts, to steal what the Father has prepared for your soul.  Look around at the beautiful table He has prepared for you.  Enjoy the days your Father has ordained for you.

Prayer in Motion:

Father, I will watch You preparing a table before me, as I read Your Word.  I confess I fail to do this most times.  Help me to remember You are always providing everything I need, most of what I want and giving many of my desires.  I trust You with my enemies.

If you would like prayer, please call Libby at 704-965-6875 or email me at  I would count it a privilege to pray for you or with you.


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