“Who is this coming out of the wilderness, leaning on her beloved?” Song of Solomon 8:5
Have you ever felt like you were in the wilderness? Has there been a time in your life where you may have felt isolated, rejected by those you love, or felt like you were drowning in grief and sorrow? Maybe you could not sense God’s presence or see Him working in a difficult situation. If you have walked through this life for any amount of time, you have certainly felt some of these emotions.
I was reading Psalm 78 one day and came across a verse that literally leapt off the page and hit me in the face. The Psalmist is remembering Israel’s history of coming out of slavery into son ship. The author begins by recounting all the experiences that the children of God encountered. Marvelous events had occurred with dramatic signs and miracles. But unfortunately, we see the children of God whining and complaining. Not finding any satisfaction, they dared to ask, “Can God prepare a table for us in our wilderness?” They begin to question God’s character and goodness. Doubt begins to grow inside their heart and they don’t believe He can provide them with the rest and provision they desperately need.
A table is a place where sustenance is found – where nourishment and strength can infuse our inner being. Oftentimes, a table is a place of beauty where we can relax and enjoy family and friends. The idea found in this beautiful Psalm is that in the midst of what may appear to be a dry and barren situation, where you may feel all alone, God is most certainly capable of preparing a table for you there.
In Psalm 23 David remembers that God even prepared a table for him in the midst of his enemies. Have you ever felt surrounded by people that acted like your enemies? I love to stop and meditate on the truth that God is always aware of my reality. Friends, in whatever situation you may find yourself in, ask your heavenly Father to show you the table He has prepared for you. It is most certainly there, of that I am sure – God always goes before us and prepares. Isaiah 45:2
May we not be like the children of Israel who did not trust their God. They did not remember His power and actually limited His hand from reaching them due to their unbelief. Psalm 78: 41-42 In those dark and difficult situations, I encourage you to lift up your eyes, call out His beautiful promises and find your table of provision waiting for you.
When we fully understand and know the LORD as our good Shepherd, we will not even notice the wilderness. We will rest in the fact that He guides us into good places where we lack nothing. Our table will be so full that it will overflow and we will have enough to share with others.
Dear Father God, open the eyes of your sons and daughters. May we see the bounty of your daily provision for us. Heal our hearts so we can trust You in all things. May we always believe in Your wondrous works and remember that you are our Rock and Redeemer. You are the One with the strength and faithfulness to lead us out of our wilderness.