This Weekly Devotional connects to the current Adult Sunday School series. Although it is related to the Sunday School curriculum, it is also designed to be meaningful to everyone.
September 22, 2022
Psalm 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
God provides for his people abundantly preparing a feast, filling our cups to the point of overflowing, and offering the refreshment we need.
The Lord gives me a full, rich good life so that I don’t have to fixate on my enemies. I don’t have to be bitter and angry about my enemies because I have a good life that I can focus my energies and attention on. The Lord gives me what I really need…my table…so I don’t have to be bitter and angry about the things others have that I don’t. It is my choice, either to enjoy my table or to be resentful about my enemies. Whatever we pay attention to in our lives will grow. If we focus on our enemies, they will grow. If we focus on our tables, they will grow. What Psalm 23 is saying – is that the Lord blesses us so we don’t have to live adversarial, antagonistic lives. We don’t need to worry about the people who think they are right and you are wrong. Enjoy your table. The Lord has prepared a fine table before you. Enjoy your table.
1. How does the picture of God throwing a feast fit into your typical view of God?
2. Do you see this feast as available now or in the future in Heaven?
3. What can you do practically to rest in God’s acceptance this week?
4. What do you need to surrender to him in order to do so?
Isaiah 25:6-8 (MSG) But here on this mountain, God of the Angel Armies will throw a feast for all the people of the world; A feast of the finest foods, a feast with vintage wines, a feast of seven courses, a feast lavish with gourmet desserts. And here on this mountain, God will banish the pall of doom hanging over all peoples, the shadow of doom darkening all nations. Yes, He’ll banish death forever. And God will wipe the tears from every face. He’ll remove every sign of disgrace from His people, wherever they are. Yes! God says so!
Prayer: Thank you Lord for the feast you provide unconditionally every day. Thank you for the even more glorious feast you promise in the future. Help us overcome our fears and doubts and enjoy your blessings.