Thought for the Day #301
FEASTING IN THE FACE OF DANGER
5 Thou dost prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
Thou hast anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Ps 23:5-6 (NAS)
The presence of a threatening enemy is the most unlikely place to enjoy a feast.
Most people are so intimidated by the bullying tactics of Satan and his crew that they are looking for a place to hide and take cover. Self-preservation becomes more important than enjoying a peaceful meal.
While this is true for most people, it certainly has no place in the life of the believer.
As part of the House of Israel, chosen by God, designated for his purpose, and empowered by his Spirit, we have absolutely nothing to fear.
Just as the psalmist David had learned to feast in the presence of his enemies, and enjoyed the peace and tranquility of our heavenly Father; we, too, can enjoy the peace of God in the face of threatening danger.
Our peace in our Lord is feared by Satan, who goes about as a roaring lion to kill and destroy. He realizes that his bullying tactics has no impact on the children of God. He knows that true peace is the measure of one's faith.
People of faith cannot be conquered or destroyed by his evil devices. He recognizes our authority in Christ and the power of his word. Satan knows that he must flee when we resist him.
Feasting in his presence, without fear, is the ultimate insult to his ego. He cannot overcome those who feast at the Lord's Table with quiet peace and confidence.
Let us eat boldly of the feast God has prepared for us in the presence of our enemies. He will strengthen us both physically and spiritually. Our peace shall continually abide, strong and unshaken, as we dwell in the house of the Lord.
Almighty God, you comfort and encourage me as my enemies encircle my life. I want to live without fear as David did. I know I become intimidated when the enemy roars against me. Help me to walk in peace and faith, regardless of the circumstances around me. I enjoy feasting at your table in the presence of my enemies. I pray in Jesus, my Redeemer’s name. Amen.