"You spread a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows." - Psalm 23:5
Like most people, I enjoy eating out.
However, I don't sit comfortably in restaurants with white table cloths and multiple forks per setting; with servers who "sir" and "ma'am," offer a taste of the wine before pouring a glass and ask if you want fresh ground pepper sprinkled over your dish.
It's not because I'm super pious and humble. It's because I'm cheap. Even when someone else pays, all I can hear in fancy restaurants is ka-ching, ka-ching, ka-ching.
According to Psalm 23, God has no compunctions about upscale dining, especially when times are tough. "You spread a table before me in the presence of my enemies."
This is an astounding claim. Just when we think all is lost, God treats us to a fancy dinner!
"Come," says the Host of Hosts, "I've set the table for you and prepared a gourmet meal. All around this table are your enemies: illness, worries, addiction, longings, heartbreak. Let them observe your cup overflowing with pricey wine. Let them see your head anointed with expensive oil. Let them witness how important you are to me."
When God goes to battle for you, Her weapons of choice are a white tablecloth, a few forks and a goblet. Nothing can prevail against that kind of love. Not even my frugality.
Holy Host, when you prepare a table in the presence of my enemies, let me feast without grumbling or counting the cost ... for You have prepared and paid for it all.
Matt Laney is the Senior Pastor of Virginia Highland Church UCC in Atlanta, GA and the author of Pride Wars, a fantasy series publishe by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Young Readers. The first book, The Spinner Prince available now.