The Counsel Table of the Lord
I have had several encounters where the Lord brought me to His counsel table where He shared his secrets with me, and gave me hopeful questions to ask Him. Not only me, many people were seated at this table.
It is the reality of Psalm 27, not only sitting at His feet and gazing at His beauty, but also inquiring of Him in His temple.
The "one thing" of Psalm 27:4 is actually two things: beginning with seeing Him for who He is and adoring Him, but also moving into a place of dialogue and friendship with Him, seeking out the pearls of His wisdom and inquiring of Him regarding His heart for us, for others, and for cities and nations.
DEFINITION OF THE COUNSEL TABLE OF THE LORD
It is the greatest place of communion, where you are granted to sit with the King, Himself, and He feeds you with His very own hand. It is the place of the greatest relational bridge with God that I have ever experienced. It is a beautiful and wondrous place of friendship with God.
There is such a deep communion and heart to heart intimacy with God, that it causes the hearts of those around the table to burn with desire for Him, His heart, His thoughts and His voice. His pearls and treasures come forth in this place. At His Counsel Table, He desires this heart connect and dialogue through deep relationship with His friends, and it is in this place that He will unlock the treasures of the deep; He will unlock His very heart.
The Communion was so rich at the Table that all experienced burning hearts for Him, delectable feelings, the ‘hot honey’ of His feelings and emotions from within, unintelligible peace and a new and deep knowing of Him.
THE IMPORTANCE OF ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS
The highest form of love is to listen to someone's heart. For the Hope Reformers, God wants to rewire our memories to remember His leading Love instead of perceived rejection.
“I have loved you,” says the LORD.
But you ask, “How have You loved us?”
The way He does this is by letting us ask Him Hopeful Questions of His Heart that let Him back into what has happened to us, how He sees us, how He processes our lives. Our memories can deceive us if we processed them without God.
Genesis 28:16 –
“Behold, God, you were at Bethel; and I knew it not…”
This place we say is difficult will become so beautiful when we see where God is and who He is in this time.
ADORATION AND ASKING
“Come near to listen…”
– Ecclesiastes 5:1
1.) Adoration: Beholding and Magnifying God’s Beauty, Hope, & Love
2.) Asking: Inquiring of His heart
Asking is about coming before the Lord at His counsel table and inquiring of His heart. He wants to create an ongoing dialogue and process with us because if He gave us all the answers immediately, then the dialogue wouldn’t happen. He loves the process of unfolding His heart.
At the Counsel Table of the Lord, the Lord showed me that many times people had come to Him with the wrong questions that were birthed from fear and doubt, rather than coming with hope-filled, confident questions that God would give. These questions from God would position our hearts in confident expectation of the goodness of the Lord and His plans and hope for our lives. The Lord showed me that we could either approach our circumstances as a constant question of God’s love for us, or we could come to the Counsel Table of the Lord and rightly perceive our positions before God as His favored sons and daughters.
As we purpose to listen to the heart of the Lord, He will give us new questions of hope, as in Isaiah 43:18-19, “Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it?”
The Lord is inviting us all to His Counsel Table, where He desires to give us the right questions to ask at the right time, to give us the right hope-filled answers to advance our hearts into our divine destiny.
JEREMIAH 23: THE TABLE OF THE LORD
“For who has stood in the Table of the Lord, and has perceived and heard His word?”
– Jeremiah 23:18
At this place, we inquire of God’s heart. We have adored the right faces of God in the right time. Now, we sit at His table. We look Him in the eyes. We commune with Him. We get to tell Him how much we feel for him, how much we long for Him, how much we desire Him. We hold His hands. We reflect on how much He’s been there, how much He’s been our dearest friend.
We look at Him as our Wise Counselor, our authority over all the earth. We ask Him questions, and He gives us answers. He has the trump cards, that He’s able to perform it. We come to Him at this table sitting together arm and arm. We experience His transforming power. By gazing into His likeness, we become like Him.
You ask, ‘How have we defiled You?’
By saying that the table of the LORD is contemptible.
We get to ask Him questions of His heart, His desires, and His longings. We bless Him and care for His heart. He called them in Malachi 1 to sit at His table, to give Him the right offerings. They rushed in and out, and they missed the depth of His desires, of His heart, His tender Father’s love. He said they despised it because they could not take the time to appreciate. At this table, we come and we appreciate. We value Him at this table as we get overwhelmed by His goodness.
EZEKIEL 44:18 PLACE
He brings us to this Ezekiel 44:18 place where we don’t have to sweat. We can put our sail up, and He will blow. We will be on a river with wide canals where He takes us into His very heart (Isa. 33:20-21), His very dream at this table. He says that it’s a place of communion and delight. It’s a place where we pour our love on Him, and He pours His love on us. He comes with such extravagant wisdom where complicated matters become simple.
Your eyes will see Jerusalem, a peaceful pasture, a tent that does not wander; its tent pegs will not be pulled up,
He ensures encounter for us. We walk out of this place, and we ensure encounter for others. We get to bring them to this table. The journey of intimacy and wisdom with Him, comes from the place at the table where Jesus the Wise Counselor is there. His angel of appreciation is there that appreciates us, values us. He tells us we’re highly esteemed at this place, and our hearts become secure at this table of the Lord. He tells us how to move forward in this time, in this hour.
PHILIPPIANS 1:9 PLACE
Confusion is cleared up in this place at the table of the Lord. There’s no defendant or prosecutors. It’s just Jesus and His voice.
There’s the Philippians 1:9 – we abound in all discernment of His love and His perspective, and see a very long ways out. We see Him in a different way. We have that force of hope and confidence that hits us here at this table because we are enabled by Him, by the transforming grace in this place and His voice to walk out all that’s in His heart. We are unmoved by our circumstances because He causes us to see more with our eyes closed than with our eyes opened.
We come to the table where there’s enough wisdom, more than enough. There’s enough strength, more than enough. More than enough love. We ask Him questions that He asks us to ask Him. It’s a place of Jeremiah 23 where He takes us deeper to get the rhythm of His heart. He takes us deeper at this table to perceive what He’s told us, to get the importance of the questions and answers He has for us in this time.
The sense of the main points, main focuses from Him. This dialogue at this table changes our hearts, increases our love, causes us in a way of pressure not to change, increases our sensitivity to Him. He wants to take us to another level at this table of hearing and give us another level of certainty. He wants to enable us to see success in Him for future years.