This morning, I pause over Psalm 36:8 regarding people who find refuge in God. David writes to God, “They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights.” I look up the verse so I can see the original Hebrew (I use blueletterbible.org).
As I look at some of the Hebrew words, I learn how those taking refuge in God are so filled with His abundance that it’s like being drunk. It’s like being filled with God’s intoxicating goodness. It’s a drenching, a soaking up, of God’s love. And this river of delights we then drink from? It’s the same word for Eden–for paradise. I think this: Those who find refuge in God are so happy it’s like they’re intoxicated; they find themselves in a new Eden of joy and pleasure in God.
Christmastime makes me think of perpetual delights. Everywhere you turn, you find joyful lights, warm beverages, tasty treats. You hear music and laughter. You feel cozy all day long. You live with anticipation of the presents to come. It’s a state of hope, love, peace, and joy.
I pray we learn how to feast and how to drink. The table is set. We can ask God to teach us how enjoy Him like this more and more.