A Feast of Peace

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over” (Ps. 23:5, NKJV).

Think about that. “In the presence of my enemies.” Do you have any spiritual enemies in your life right now? We all do. 2021 may be a new year, but our world continues to face immense challenges. Enemies of fear, anxiety, and dread come against us regularly. Where to find stability in the midst of them all? Where is the bedrock on which to put our feet and find a firm place to stand?

Here’s the answer: “Do you see what we’ve got? An unshakable kingdom! And do you see how thankful we must be? Not only thankful, but brimming with worship, deeply reverent before God” (Heb 12:28, MSG).

The unshakable kingdom to which we belong is our bedrock. Even if everything around us shakes, this kingdom of His never will. It is absolutely solid, absolutely reliable. It is the Rock on which we stand. As we keep our eyes on our King, brimming over with thankfulness, worship, and reverence, we find our souls steadied even in the midst of turmoil. When we see our Prince of Peace confidently reigning over His universe, our hearts can rest.

There, “in the presence of our enemies,” King Jesus spreads out a feast for us. Notice the context here.  Notice that our enemies are still there. They have not gone away. However, we are in a protected bubble in the midst of them. We lock eyes with our loving King of Kings. We feast on the banquet of peace that He has prepared for us… right there in the middle of the mayhem.

These are times to learn to feed on the fullness of Jesus before the resolution to our problems comes… before we see the answers that we are longing for. At His table is absolutely everything that we need for the day and the hour in which He has called us to live. As we linger there with Him, we will find ourselves living out this promise:

“A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you” (Ps. 91:7, NKJV). Even if others all around us are succumbing to the fear, it shall not come near us. If we make dining with Jesus our biggest priority and passion, what is on the multitudes will not get on us. We will be exempt. We will be living in the Almighty’s shadow.

Not only will we find stability there, but His feast is so plenteous… that we will end up finding our cups overflowing. As He anoints us with the oil of His presence, our hearts will sing. Amazing. He wants to give us hearts brimming over with His joy, unperturbed by the battles raging around us!

You belong to a Kingdom that cannot be shaken, dear one. Feast on Jesus and on His peace today, right in the middle of it all. As He covers you with His feathers, rest there with Him. You are safe. He will never, ever let you go. For every day for the rest of your life, He will prepare His table for you.

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Have you experienced Jesus’ feast in the middle of your battles? I’d love to hear about it!

 

14 thoughts on “A Feast of Peace

  1. So good that you quoted Psalm 91……it has been my rock since last March when the pandemic started and all of life was turned upside down. I have felt very protected by HIS hand and feel HIS peace in the midst of chaos. Honestly I haven’t lost a night’s sleep with worry over all the craziness. GOD is so so good! Thanks for this comforting post!!

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  2. Absolutely LOVE TJIS. You are such a great writer. You inspire me and make my spirit jump with your words. Unshakeble kingdom… love it. Great to know we are citizens of such a place. May God bless you as you have blessed me and so many others. VICTORIA

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    1. Aw, thank you so very much, Victoria! I receive that encouragement gratefully. I am going to copy and paste it in a little log I keep of encouragement that I receive. I look at it from time to time when I need some!

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      1. Awe. So sweet. Great idea. I may start doing that too. Glad that God has placed you in my life. We are here to encourage and pray for one another. Blessings. Continue the good work God has called you to do.

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  3. Oh yeah. Twelve years ago, this area was hit hard by an ice storm that knocked power out for most of a week. We were getting by, but had to shut off portions of the house to conserve heat. That Friday, after dark, the house was just too small for the number of noisy people inside, so I wearily put on a coat and walked outside into the cold night. I looked up, and gaped in amazement! Without the interference of city lights, I beheld a sky filled with dozens of stars I’d never seen from my front yard in our eight years there. I whispered a “thank you, Lord.” And the VERY NEXT DAY, power began to return to my little town.

    The lesson? Keep battling. If you’re making the right decisions, all will be well, as we are in His hands.

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    1. Wow! That sent a chill through me. I almost felt like I was in the moment you were describing. How faithful is our God!! Thank you so much for sharing that. It’s those moments with Him that add up to a lifetime of learning His goodness, aren’t they? 🙂

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  4. I love these images and your lesson. My memory verse for this week came to mind, as it blesses the socks off me too. “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to her and dine with her, and she with me.” Rev. 3:20. How intimate a feast is that?!

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