We quote Psalm 23, and see ourselves seated at the King’s table, the enemies surrounding us unable to get at us, when the truth is much plainer. We are seated at the enemy’s table, dining on contempt and complaint. We fume about governments and peoples, about our friends and neighbors in the church and without it. We divide ourselves into denominations based on held beliefs without asking the Father if our beliefs are correct or not, based on cultures and skin colors, based on locations and upbringings. We look askance at those who are not like us, in appearance and behaviors. We turn a blind eye when they walk outside of the will of God and dress ourselves up to look like so many cooked turkeys on Thanksgiving. Jesus walked amongst the “filth” of the world. He ate with sinners and publicans. He prayed for beggars and lepers, outcasts.
We must stop sitting with the enemy and calling it the King. Stop making our own table and inviting the King to dine at it. That is not how the Scriptures read. He sets the table amidst our enemies, and we sit down and eat at it, not the other way around. He is the reason the table is provided and the reason we can sit safely and eat at it. Notice, He did not vanquish the enemy but instead chose to make us stronger than they were, to the point of having joy in the midst of them. The strongest man is the one that can be joyful in difficult circumstances.
"Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies." (Psalm 23:5)
"And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them." (Luke 15:2)
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Suzanne D. Williams, Author