Our church is famous for its socials. We always have an impressive spread with delicious dishes and enough of a variety to surely please anyone. But, it’s not just about the food. It is a time for everyone to slow down for a moment and sit down together with people that don’t normally see every day and catch up. The same is true of the Father’s Table.
Psalm 23:5 says, “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” The Shepherd provides for His sheep. My church fellowships have nothing in comparison to what God provides at His table. He gives a lavish banquet that is masterfully arranged so that it feeds our soul with His goodness.
What exactly does God provide? Sure, He provides physical food and water, but He also provides “soul” food. Where do you get this food? One of the ways Satan tempted Jesus, Matthew 4:4 gives Jesus’ response: “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” The Word of God is food for our soul, and it is a bountiful buffet. When we dig into the Word, we find comfort, peace, and guidance. We find the answers to our questions. This soul food satisfies in a way that physical food never will. When we eat of this food and drink of this drink, we will never hunger or thirst again (John 6:35).
Not only does His Word feed our soul, but so does His Presence. When we sit down at the table, we don’t eat alone. God joins us. He set the table so that we could spend time with Him and gain comfort from His Presence. In Psalm 23:6, David ends the psalm with a desire to “dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” The house of the Lord is anywhere that God is present, so we can dwell in His presence and eat at His table every day. Charles Spurgeon described it this way:
“While I am here I will be a child at home with my God; the whole world shall be his house to me; and when I ascend into the upper chamber, I shall not change my company, nor even change the house; I shall only go to dwell in the upper storey of the house of the Lord for ever.”
So, let’s dwell in God’s house and pull up a chair to God’s Table every day. There we will find comfort in His presence and food for our souls.