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>> The following "Thinking it Over" theme is on the beautiful and paramount topic of - "...The Table that is before the Lord" spoken of by Ezekiel the prophet and it's glory further expanded by David in the epic Psalm 23 and in particular, verse 5. Part three of this current theme is posted on site and further thoughts on the subject can be located in the "Latest updates" or the search engine.
* THINKING IT OVER. *
Psalm 92:5 (KJV)
"O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep."
>> The Glorious Table prepared by the LORD. <<
>> Continued <<
Ezekiel 41:22 (KJV)
"The altar of wood was three cubits high, and the length thereof two cubits; and the corners thereof, and the length thereof, and the walls thereof, were of wood: and he said unto me, This is the table that is before the LORD."
Previously having considered that the 'table' in Ezekiel 41:22 is none other than the 'table' that David rejoices in and writes about in Psalm 23:5; lets consider now the Lord's wonderful furnished blessings that follow our feasting there.
"Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over." [Psalm 23:5.]
All the full blessing of the Lord comes from this table. Remember that, the 'altar' turns into a furnished table from the Lord of Heaven and Earth! A table He prepares for you! The 'altar' is not a place where we furnish something of ourself for him; what can we give to the Lord that can equip him for happiness? We cannot furnish his completness but He can ours! The altar is the place where we stand (the ground of Christ) and give thanks for all the mercy and grace on offer for GREAT completeness that is in Christ alone.
"Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me." [Hebrews 13:5-6.]
"For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: [Colossians 2:9-10.]
So then, what is the next progressive onwards to this completeness and fullness of blessing in the Lord?
The next thing that David mentions that happens from this glorious table of the Lord is -
"...Thou anoinest my head with oil.."
At this point we either "stand" for the fight and go on with handfulls of purpose or wilt in barrenness even though we are on the ground of a furnished ("prepared") "table in the presence of our enemies".
The Critical point is in the following verse.
"I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him:" [Psalm 89:20.]
Has the Lord found your heart direction in everything to be for Him? That and that only will he anoint! And herein is the fullness that David speaks of in the next phrase - "My cup runneth over". Is your cup running over with the thrill of all that Jesus has done for you?
If we have our hand in the dish of sin or collaboration with the lusts of the world, can we expect the Lord to 'anoint' our path with great blessing and gladness? Certainly a fruitless hope, and yet how easily we can put the honour of someone else before the honour of the Lord. We can label it "serving the Lord" by our estimation and yet not care that we are on a dangerous road contrary to the word of God, putting him second and serving our own desires.
Bow down before the Lord and thank him for the greatness of his love for you, to so furnish a "table in the wilderness" [Psalm 78:19.] of great blessing and completeness, when this world can only offer a fake table, furnished with worms and rottenness on the menu that only makes a sick unhappy person with no "cup running over".
To be Continued .....
The Lord BLESS. He does the VERY BEST!
From wife:- (No tampering by husband!)
Am I trying so hard not to offend this person or that person that I end up offending the Lord? Or, am I trying so hard to please everyone else, that I don't please the Lord? The Bible says "when a man's ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him." [Proverbs 16:7.] When I rest from my striving, I go from being a 'try hard' to being "His workmanship." [Eph 2:10.] "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." Then we are glad, we have joy and rejoicing because it's not my doing, but His.
Psalm 92:4-5. "For thou Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands. O Lord how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep."
From me:- (Husband)
Our hidden lack of faith and doubt of His care:
It seems that without even thinking the disciples in the storm and the boat sinking [Mark 4:38.] came to Jesus and said - "..... Master carest thou not that we perish?" How easily in severe circumstances we can lack the reality that God cares. Jesus said - "Why are you so fearful, how is it that you have no faith." David said in psalm 56 - "At what time I am afraid, I will trust in thee". John said - "Perfect love casts out fear" [John 4:18.]
Martha also accused Jesus of not caring, but Jesus said - she was "careful' and troubled about many things" and Mary had chosen that "good part." If we experience the comfort of God's Word, then we will be glad in his care, even when things get rough!
Peter learnt in a wonderful way the care and lovingkindness of the Lord and said - "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you." [1 Peter 5:7.] and then said an extraordinary thing - "Be sober and viligent" because the Devil roars often upon us, the old trick that he pulled on Eve in the garden! The lie that God doesn't care, and is ready to withold great blessing. That stumped Eve and Adam's race plummeted into eternal despair at the grave!
Don't ever be stumped in your heart about the fact that Jesus cares, and like with Job, (who went through the unimaginable), be prepared for double the blessing you have ever experienced! Praise the Lord!
Jesus Loves You.
God bless from both of us.
"The Friend of a Wounded Heart." (Wayne Watson)
We may not know much about the thrill of surfing the "tube" of a perfect wave but surfing the "tube of life" in the turbulent seas of today's world can be a hazardous experience to avoid being dumped and drowned in the swirling perilous waters of violence, narcissism and hurtful mockery.
In the dumping experiences on today's wild sea of life there exists a thrilling and Perfect wave "tube" that Christ has provided that has no surprising "dump of death" but rather an experience of great peace now and the exhilarating emergence at the end of His "tube" into Everlasting Life.
You may have (and what person hasn't) had some rough experiences in your 'tube of life' that has rolled in upon you and is hurtling you towards Eternity. And you may also often find yourself asking the Big Question ..... "What is Life all about? Really, what is the reality of it all?
The following (taken from a website promotion brochure) is a brief description of this website contents, which contains some of the many sided answers to life's Big Questions which are wonderfully provided by the great love of God and found in the Bible.
The site is arrayed in a 'static' and not a 'blog' format so that most of the site contents are in plain view, sectioned into menus.
There is no claim to fame or web site dazzle. The presentation is bright and enthusiastic about faith, hope and the love of God in Christ.
There are approximately 500 illustrated articles covering many topics of the Christian life, along with much for those who are seeking answers, those who are broken and troubled, those who are are anxious about life and death. Irrefutable realities for the atheist, skeptic, and agnostic; an answer to Richard Dawkins book "The God Delusion" called "The God delusion ...Delusion"
Links are provided to other websites of interest such as the astounding evidences of "intelligent design" in creation found at "Creation Research.net" website.
One very special menu is that of "Pilgrim's Progress" which has been broken up into 30 segments for ease of reading. These articles practically fill the "Most Popular" list. The journey of Pilgrim from the "City of destruction" to the "Celestial city" is nothing short of thrilling. Years ago when the world was more sensible about spiritual things Pilgrim's Progress was part of the school curriculum because of the sheer beautiful principles to build any nation upon. The good and unsavoury characters met along Pilgrim's way illustrate great lessons for humanity: Such characters as - Obstinate, Pliable, Evangelist, Mr. Worldly Wiseman, Good-will, Formalist and Hypocrisy, Faithful, Mr. Talkative, Lord Hate-good, Hopeful, and Giant despair. There are many others with much to guard one's life against to avoid serious pitfalls. The Pilgrim's Progress series is stacked with original wonderfully descriptive sketches providing extra enjoyment in following the journey.
The various "Menus" provide at a glance the site content in those articles listed under that menu heading; for example - "Tasty Menu for lost Sheep" is for those who don't know the way through life and death to eternity. 'Promise for You" is for those who are looking for any of the countless promises in the Word of God. The Menu "Emergency 000 Help when" is a list of noted encouragements and promise verses provided in the "Gideons Bible" found in Hospitals, Motels, Prisons, Schools and many other places. There is much more. Investigate the site and be lifted up! God bless.
"There is lifting up" [Job 22:29.]
James Rowe. 1866 - 1933.
Love Lifted Me.
1. I was sinking deep in sin,
Far from the peaceful shore,
Very deeply stained within,
Sinking to rise no more;
But the Master of the sea
Heard my despairing cry,
From the waters lifted me,
Now safe am I.
Love lifted me!
Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help,
Love lifted me.
2. All my heart to Him I give,
Ever to Him I’ll cling,
In His blessed presence live,
Ever His praises sing.
Love so mighty and so true
Merits my soul’s best songs;
Faithful, loving service, too,
To Him belongs.
Love lifted me!
Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help,
Love lifted me.
"Love lifted me." (Gaither singers)
"The Friend of a Wounded Heart" (Wayne in person)
Clik on the Picture to go to a further list of "Songs in the night" that will lift your heart in "melody to the Lord."
List will be extended from time to time.