Feasting without fear - Hope 103.2

Feasting without fear

By David ReayMonday 2 Jan 2017LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read Psalm 23:5-6

5          You prepare a feast for me
                 in the presence of my enemies.
             You honour me by anointing my head with oil.
                 My cup overflows with blessings.
6           Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
                 all the days of my life,
              and I will live in the house of the LORD
                 forever. (NLT)

It is very hard to enjoy a good meal or any pleasure if we are under threat. It is rather reminiscent of the practice of offering a criminal on death row his choice of meal for his last meal on earth. Rather hard to tuck into a home-cooked roast dinner with relish if you know you are going to die within hours.

In our lives we often are under threat. The past casts long shadows. The future is full of unknowns which are beyond our control. In the present, we can see only too clearly what causes us anxiety or fear. But still God bids us tuck in and enjoy what he has for us. These verses of the well-known Psalm remind us that whatever else is happening to us, God is wanting to enjoy us and have us enjoy him.

It takes some self-discipline to enjoy the feast in the midst of fear. We need to cultivate the art of focusing on the present moment rather than looking over our shoulder at the past or peering nervously into the future. God is putting on a banquet for us each day, but we can miss it by our preoccupations. Not all moments or all days are happy or peaceful. But each day and each moment is an occasion for drawing close to God. And when we do this, we find a banquet waiting.

Celebrate each and every delight in life and don’t let what has happened or what might happen hinder this celebration. We will always have our enemies but we will also always have the promise of the presence of God. Let’s not be beggars at our banquet.

David Reay