THE KING'S TABLE
At king Saul's table there was scrumptious food
Yet the king was not in a good mood
He loathed the fact that David was absent
and with the son of Jesse became incensed
He raged with anger, and great displeasure,
and misbehaved without good sense
David was absent from a table of fear and snare,
a table of malice and false pretense.
But God prepared for David a table
in the presence of his enemies.
At king David's table, loving-kindness
and truth are met together;
righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
King David kept a promise for Jonathan's sake;
Jonathan's son shall eat bread at my table continually.
Surely goodness and mercy became the companion
of one and the other.
The scene at king David's table was warm hospitality.
But at king Saul's table there was immense hostility.
King Solomon made a table of gold,
upon it the showbread, and the candlestick of pure gold.
Food was always on the king's table
and all who came to king Solomon's table,
every man in his month was well-fed;
there was nothing lacking, nothing to dread.
God blessed the king with wisdom,
largeness of heart and a good head.
There is another table set for the King of all kings,
the greatest sacrifice ever made is seen upon this table.
Upon it we see the love of God
in a holy spread, the cup of blessing (not the world's cup).
His precious blood was shed;
"a new covenant in my blood", He said.
And the bread, His holy body offered,
redemption now accomplished,
our sins are all vanished.
For this we give thanks
and will remember Him until He come.
I Sam.20:29; IISam.9:7; I Kings 7:48; I Kings 4:27; Psalms 23:5; Psalm 85.10; Psalm 69:22; Luke 22:19-20