It Found Out Me
What flavor should season this meal? Because we know that God is a consuming fire, because our salvation from sin required the sacrifice of His only Son’s blood, because there are still enemies to be subdued as His kingdom comes, what should be our mood? The tone at the Table should be consistent with the tone during the rest of our worship.
The meal should be flavored by awe. It should blow us away that we gain from His reward. “Died He for me, who caused His pain? For me, who Him to death pursued? Amazing love! How can it be, that Thou, my God, shoulds’t die for me?” He humbles us, but not to hammer us. Awe increases our heart rate but not our anxiety.
The meal should be flavored by faith. We are receiving the kingdom, expecting that He who did not spare His own Son will also with Him give us all things. We may not be certain when, but we are certain that.
No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine;
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach th’eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
The meal should also be flavored by gratitude. Full gratitude empties us. That is, selfishness and thankfulness exclude each other (see Ephesians 5:4-5). Gratitude corrects our vision and pulls us up to remember what is ours in Christ. God doesn’t force us to eat the bitter because He wants us to suffer. His Son already suffered so that we could enjoy the serious sweetness of salvation. “Tis mercy all, immense and free, For O my God, it found out me!”