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You give them to drink of the river of Your delights.

May 4, 2006

No, this isn’t another post about scotch. It’s observations from my time this morning in Psalm 36. Here it is with some formatting to highlight what I saw.

1 Transgression speaks to the wicked deep in his heart; there is no fear of God before his eyes.
2 For he flatters himself in his own eyes that his iniquity cannot be found out and hated.
3 The words of his mouth are trouble and deceit; he has ceased to act wisely and do good.
4 He plots trouble while on his bed; he sets himself in a way that is not good; he does not reject evil.

5 Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.
6 Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O LORD.
7 How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
8 They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
9 For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.
10 Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who know you, and your righteousness to the upright of heart!

11 Let not the foot of arrogance come upon me, nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
12 There the evildoers lie fallen; they are thrust down, unable to rise.

Notice how the beautiful central section about God giving us delight is surrounded by verses about wicked evildoing oppressors. Some doofus “higher critic” has probably written a paper on why this shows that these verses are misplaced. But I think it’s a great encouragement to see that we experience this abundant pleasure in the steadfast love of God not on the couch at the coffeehouse, but when we are crying out to God for deliverance from our enemies. Steadfast love saves, then steadfast love satisfies.

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  1. May 11, 2006 7:33 pm

    Some days it feels like my enemies are my children. They have been driving me NUTS this week. But when I sit down to pray, I realize that my true enemy is my “leftover me” Yucky Egana, or Yegana, if you will. When I neglect the Lord, and neglect my sleep, Yegana gets stronger and stronger, and torments us all with her cranky ways.

    So today I have been crying out to God to deliver me from myself, Yegana, who is really hell to live with. I am so glad that she has a limited unrenewable lease, and she will one day be forceably evicted.

    But until that glorious day, I will run screaming into the arms of the steadfast love of our good God, and beg him to strengthen me with his love, so that I can fight Yegana into her corner instead of cringe there while she rampages all over the house.

    Oh No! Who let the Yegana loose? And who’s gonna clean up this mess?


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