Tuesday, November 15, 2005
The Lord's Table
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies . . . - Psalm 23:5
From the day that we commit our lives to Jesus Christ, everything changes for us. Gone was that ever-present guilt that used to nag us day and night. There is no longer an empty hole deep inside of our soul. In the place of those things, God gave us what is best described as the peace that surpasses all human understanding. God placed a new joy in our hearts and gave us the hope of heaven when we die.
But in our relationship with Christ, we also gained enemies. That is what David is saying in Psalm 23:5, "You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies…" You see, we as Christians face three primary enemies: the world, the flesh, and the devil. The world with its enticements is the external enemy. The flesh with its vulnerabilities and appetites is the internal enemy. The devil working with these two foes is the infernal enemy. Combined they are a powerful adversary.
The best antidote against this powerful, unholy trinity of the world, the flesh, and the devil is an intimate relationship with the Shepherd, as we feed at His table. When we sit at the table of the Lord, we are satisfied because we know everything we need is there. And we don't hunger for anything else. I'm not saying that Christians are temptation proof. What I am saying is that we are no longer as drawn to temptation as we used to be. We see the world for what it is - a cheap imitation of the truth.
As Christians,[JMB1] we can feast at the Lord's table and no longer desire the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil. God has prepared a table before us.
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