Of Delights

I love Psalm 36:7-8 and the language inviting us into a different kind of living. We read this:

“How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.”

Feasting on abundance! Drinking from a river of delights!

(It’s something Anne of Green Gables would surely repeat and adore. Can you imagine waking up each day and exclaiming, “Today, I shall feast. Today I shall enjoy unimaginable delights!”)

Charles Spurgeon explains this passage like this, and I love the comfort and joy his explanation brings (and I put in bold my favorite parts).

“The dwelling place of the Lord is not confined to any place, and hence reside where we may, we may regard our dwelling, if we be believers, as one room in the Lord’s great house; and we shall, both in providence and grace, find a soul contenting store supplied to us as the result of living by faith in nearness to the Lord. If we regard the assembly of the saints as being peculiarly the house of God, believers shall, indeed, find in sacred worship the richest spiritual food. Happy is the soul that can drink in the sumptuous dainties of the gospel—nothing can so completely fill the soul. And thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. As they have the fruits of Eden to feed on, so shall they have the river of Paradise to drink from. God’s everlasting love bears to us a constant and ample comfort, of which grace makes us to drink by faith, and then our pleasure is of the richest kind. . . The happiness given to the faithful is that of God himself. . . ”

I start the day fully supplied with the richest spiritual food, the kind that truly fills the soul and gives us “pleasure of the richest kind.” Might we experience this in a very real and new way today.

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