“Thou preparest a table for me in the presence of mine enemies.” Psalm 23:5
In one of the most famous Psalms, David writes about his valley experience. Reading this, it is evident that there is value in the valley. We learn the following things:
1. The Lord is our Shepherd
2. He will provide our needs
3. He is a Leader who take us to a place of peace and down righteous paths.
4. He is a Restorer.
5. He is with us in the face of evil.
6. He is a Comforter.
7. Even in the midst of our enemies, He will provide.
8. He will annoint us with oil.
9. Our cups will remain full.
10. Goodness and mercy will follow us until the end of days.
11. We will dwell in His house forever.
No wonder this Psalm is so well known and loved. The comfort it offers is palatable. Is there anything that He won’t do for us?!
Not only does He prepare, meaning to produce, arrange, and assemble a table for us, He does so in the presence of our enemies. The preparation alone suggests that it won’t be an ordinary setting. Because it has been prepared by the Lord Himself, it would be a table unlike any other.
And He sets this beautiful table in the middle of the valley, a place of despair and woe. Imagine if you can, walking through a valley and beholding a table set specifically with you in mind. A table in the wilderness is certainly not a typical sight.
In backdrop of this table is all of your enemies-literal and figurative who serve as witness to the overwhelming, everlasting love that God has for you. He doesn’t restore you back to life in secret, He does so openly and intentionally in the presence of those who despise you.
God is a Provider who takes care of what belongs to Him in both mountain and valley moments. His people are fed spiritual manna known fittingly as the Bread of Life and drink from overflowing fountains of Living Water.
He invites all who are hungry, thirsty, despairing, and vulnerable to sit at His table and get rest for our weary, burdened souls.
Only one question remains, will you accept the invitation? Will you dine with the Lord?