Rivers of Pleasure

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Psalm 36

7 How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.

8 They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.

9 For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.

There are times, when reading the Scriptures, that words seem to leap off of the page into your heart. When I read verse 8 last night this happened to me.

Psalm 36, as many of them are, is a comparison between the righteous and the wicked. Have you ever found yourself comparing your self with someone else who had more than you had but cared nothing for the things of God? Have you watched the wicked prosper in every way while you struggled to pay your bills? I have. It would appear that David had similar struggles.

But David, whose heart was after God’s heart, was able with spiritual eyes to see beyond the moment to the real issues of life. He could see the problems of the wicked. Look at verse 12 “There the workers of iniquity have fallen;

They have been cast down and are not able to rise. He knew that the prosperity of the wicked was short lived. He knew that all of their benefits would fall and leave them unable to rise.

So, David could say that the Lord abundantly satisfied the righteous with the fullness of God’s house. He could say that God gave them to drink from the river of His pleasures. What an amazing way to say it! We think that the wicked are having all the fun but David said that we are having all the pleasure. Furthermore, our pleasure comes from a river that never runs dry. This is what Jesus said to the woman at the well, who some say was some type of sex addict, that if she drank for His well she would never thirst again. When we drink from the river of God’s pleasure we learn that He who gave us our desires is the only One capable of truly satisfying our desires.

The wicked live their lives for themselves while they are falling faster and faster to their own destruction. The righteous live for Christ, enjoy His life in them, find fullness of pleasure from the Creator of pleasure, and in the end live forever with Him. What a great thought to leap off of the page for us.

When I was at Victory Homes, I hired a man out of college to work for us. Nevin came from Bob Jones and worked with us for several years. He married a girl from near Victory and has been married now for sixteen years. He and his wife Christina are great people and were able to come over Sunday afternoon and stay through till mid-afternoon Sunday. Oh, did I mention, they have 12 children? We had the best time with them all. The kids are well-behaved, energetic, happy, and they get along amazingly well. It was a true joy to have them with us. Yes, the pool got used a lot as did all our grandkid toys. We did sleep well last night but we did enjoy having them with us.

 

Sunday morning I preached a message on singing to the Lord. On the way out people commented on the power of the last song we sang. It is amazing to hear people who know the Lord sing unashamedly to the Lord. Next Sunday I plan to bring a message on the new song we gain when Jesus saves us.

 

Have a great day in the Lord,
PS

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