DON’T GIVE THE ENEMY A SEAT AT YOUR TABLE: TAKE AWAY
Hosanna! Shout hosanna to the Lord! This Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week. This week contains its own sort of emotional disconnect. It begins with the adoration of the crowd shouting, “Hosanna, blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord,” and ends with the crowd shouting, “Crucify him! Let his blood be upon us and upon our children!” Yet, we know the rest of the story! Easter morning will bring the dawn of new life and resurrection through our Lord and Savior. This Sunday we come to the end of our sermon series, Don’t Give the Enemy a Seat at Your Table with the sermon, Take Away. We return to the Psalm 23 and reflect on the parts of this study that can help us continue the battle for our minds. The enemy still wants us to be confused, confounded, and condemned. This is the thief that comes to kill, steal, and destroy! One of our best defenses is found in this short Psalm which invites us to share at God’s table. These ancient words are truly inspired to help us fight the good fight of faith. As you read this Psalm, once again, let our Lord show you where you need to surrender your life and let the Good Shepherd strengthen you! It is our hope and prayer that you will experience God’s presence, peace, and joy as your read these familiar words. Today we are using The Message translation to give you a different view of this wonderful Psalm. Psalm 23: God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction. Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure. You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies. You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing. Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. I’m back home in the house of God for the rest of my life.