Originally posted at the Center for Faith and Work.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. -Psalm 23:5

For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. -Luke 22:27

Thanks to its elegant simplicity and comforting promises, the 23rd Psalm has a favored status among Christians throughout history. And deservedly so—in a world that so often roils with chaos and fear, the image of God as a persistent and attentive caregiver is one that resonates with our need for security. But there are challenges tucked into it, as well, hiding in plain sight among the soothing pastoral imagery.

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