(Read the first half of this post here.)
Let’s go even deeper. The NET Bible study notes give these attention-grabbing alternate translations for the second half of the verse:
“He looked at me lovingly.”
“His intention was love toward me.”
“His glance upon me is love.”
The NLT captures a beautiful nuance too: “He escorts me to the banquet hall; it’s obvious how much he loves me.”
I want to drink richly of this glorious love! So I sat here just now and looked at all 50 translations of this verse on my YouVersion app one by one, letting His gentle expression wash over me. That’s what He means by “He brought me to the banquet room.” He wants you and me to come eat. His focused, determined intention toward us is love; this is why He is calling to us, drawing us after Him, enticing us into His banqueting room. He wants us to feast on His love… this is the purpose of the banqueting room!
Do you realize that His generously spread table is what we need the most? When stress presses in, when sadness steals away joy, when adversaries seem to close in on every side, what is His answer? “You prepare a table…” The banqueting room. Come, slip away. He’s beckoning you to recline with Him at His table. Look up into His beautiful eyes. “His glance upon me is love.” He is gazing at you with profound affection. Rest in His arms. Rest… and feast.
“You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies. You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing” (Ps. 23:5, MSG).
Yes, beloved child, you read that right. A six-course dinner. This is no quick fix, no on-the-go snack, no morsel of love that He wants to feed you. He eagerly desires to teach you how to feast on His love. He has escorted you, drawn you here to this place with Him to give you exactly what you need. To tell your heart that you belong to Him… that He’s got you… that you are His very own… that He will never, ever let you go. To fill that hungry, empty, aching place inside you with His sumptuous goodness. To nurture your famished soul with His intimacy. To feed you… Himself.
Here under His eternal banner of love, an extravagant dinner is served. Will you come to the table?
The inspiration for this article came when my dear friend Stevie Mitchell invited me to write a guest post for her blog. This is what I wrote. It’s the second half of a double post — look up yesterday’s devo for the first half if you missed it! Also, make sure and check out her blog, Life Happens Around The Table 🙂