Over the last few years, I don’t know how many times I’ve listened to the Kingdom Heirs’ rendition of the Ricky Atkinson song “Feasting on the Table of the King.” It’s from their 1999 recording The Journey Home.
Until recently, though, the first line had me stumped:
A poor and lonely man dwelling in the distant land of Lodebar
Not too long ago, when I was reading Amos 6, verse 13 jumped out:
You who rejoice over Lo Debar,
Who say, “Have we not taken Karnaim for ourselves
By our own strength?” (NKJV)
In the footnotes, it explained the phrase Lo Debar. Literally, it means “nothing.”
It’s a great play on words. If only more musicians did what Christian folk / Inspirational artist Michael Card does, noting Bible references or possibly obscure terms in the liner notes!