“Can God spread a table in the desert?” ~Psalm 78:19
The psalmist asks if God can really provide a feast for his people out in the middle of the remote wilderness. Is it possible? Can God provide nourishment and life where there is none?
The answer gushes powerfully from a rock. Streams flow abundantly. Water in the desert. Thirst-quenching life in the middle of certain death.
The psalmist sees the water. And he follows up with, “But can he also give us food? Can he supply meat for his people?” (Psalm 78:20)
And the Almighty Creator of heaven and earth opens up the skies to rain down manna and quail. The grain from heaven, the “bread of angels.” He “rained meat down on them.” They ate “till they had more than enough.”
“He sent them all the food they could eat.” (Psalm 78:25)
Yes, our God can spread a table in the desert. He can open up a 24-hour-all-you-can-eat smorgasbord right in the middle of your desert. Right in the middle of your driest condition. Right in the darkest part of your worst night. Down in the lonely depths of your deepest valley. He can shine bright light into your scariest situation. He can bring life from your dead-as-a-doornail, going-through-the-motions rut. Absolutely. Yes, he can.
Our God prepares a table for us in the presence of our enemies. And we eat with God in complete communion and perfect peace. Protected. Provided for. Saved.
Our God is sufficient. He is able. And he covers us with his tent and promises us we will hunger and thirst no more.