My table is looking a bit like this these days as I feed thirteen large basketball players. It is heavy laden and groaning under the weight of all the food! My food presentation does not look quite so fancy. We are not even bothering with a centerpiece. If these large men can leave the table satisfied, I have done my job!
Our verse for today likens what wicked men engage in as food delicacies. What is evil can be attractive and appealing to the senses. It is tempting to give up and give in. We are naturally drawn to what is easy and promises pleasure. We rationalize that evil is not really so very bad.
The “delicacies” of the wicked, although pleasant, do not satisfy. In fact, what is thought to be delectable disappoints. There is a funny taste in one’s mouth after indulging. There is a sense of guilt and an immediate distance felt from the Lord.
There is a table that the Lord sets for us. He invites us to sit down and be truly satisfied. He prepares this table in the presence of our enemies (Psalm 23:5). They will see it but have no part in this feast. All those times we have abstained from joining with the wicked in their evil doings are recompensed. Our faithfulness does not go unnoticed.
It is comforting to know that one day I can indulge to my heart’s content and it will all be good. What He has prepared for His own is so infinitely better than what the world can offer! Bon appétit!
Look familiar? This is a summer re-post due to ministry schedule.