A Table for the Hungry

Apr 23, 2012

Sometimes I’m needy.

Life gets crazy, physical energy depletes, emotions turn as wild as the weeds choking my yard. And I end up a pile of pathetic neediness.

Somebody love me! Fill me! Meet my never-ending abyss of needs!

I loathe those moments, hate it when I feel less than sufficient and strong and certain. And I dislike it even more when I cling to all the wrong people, places and things to find a fill.

All who are thirsty
All who are weak
Just come to the fountain
Dip your heart in the stream of life
Let the pain and the sorrow
Be washed away
In the waves of his mercy
As the deep cries out to deep

We sing
Come Lord Jesus, Come
Come Lord Jesus, Come

The lyrics of this Kutless song forces me to face the truth: There is no place at Jesus’ table for the satisfied. Only the hungry, thirsty and needy have a seat. Those who have been satisfied elsewhere will find nothing of interest in the presence of Christ.

But the needy? The needy will find a table set with a feast, a chair empty and waiting to be filled, and everything she’s ever been searching for in the presence of Life.

Pathetic? No. At home? Yes.

“I am Yahweh your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.” ~ Psalm 81:10

Do you need to come to His table today?

8 Comments

  1. Jerolyn

    Thank you Michele. Great reminder. Truely our God is the only ONE who can totaly satisfy!

    Reply
    • Michele

      True, and something I need reminded of day by day, moment by moment.

      Reply
  2. Brandon

    This is so true:
    All who are thirsty
    All who are weak
    Just come to the fountain
    Dip your heart in the stream of life
    Let the pain and the sorrow
    Be washed away
    In the waves of his mercy
    As the deep cries out to deep

    We sing
    Come Lord Jesus, Come
    Come Lord Jesus, Come

    It’s a great song…and promise!

    Reply
    • Michele

      The best part: “As the deep cries out to deep…” As Corrie ten Boom used to say, “There is no pit so deep that God is not deeper still.”

      Reply
  3. Jeremy Statton

    In our culture, seeing our need is not always easy. We have so many options to fill it with. But deep down, I think we all know that there is brokenness and a need. Thanks for the reminder.

    Reply
    • Michele

      So true, Jeremy. We have plenty of options for numbing our need. We can go for days/months/years, but eventually the truth catches up to us.

      Reply
  4. J.D. Meier

    > I loathe those moments, hate it when I feel less than sufficient and strong and certain
    I think great strength, flows great life.

    One of the words I give the people I mentor to focus on is, “self-strong.” It’s a reminder of how much strength flows from the inside out. People help those who help themselves in amazing ways … strength is contagious.

    My Mom taught me early on the truth of how laugh, the world laughs with you, cry you cry alone. When you lead yourself from the inside out, and lift others, people naturally lift you too.

    Reply
    • Michele

      Strength IS contagious. As is laughter! Great reminder, J.D. Thanks.

      Reply

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