Psalm 36:7-9 “How excellent is Thy lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Thy wings.
They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of Thy house; and Thou shalt make them drink of the river of Thy pleasures.
For with Thee is the fountain of life: in Thy light shall we see light.”
I want to stop here and say, “Hallelujah”! Our God is a wonderful God….full of mercy and truth to us….helping us….
….both by rebuking us…to stop us from following the wrong way….
….and by comforting and encouraging us by His protection and satisfaction.
To Trust is to hold on to….Him and His Word. (Under the shadow of Thy wings)
When God brought Israel out of Egypt….He said “I have brought you out on eagle’s wing…(Exodus 19:4)
Deuteronomy 32:11 “As an eagle stirs up her nest,
(it is time to get out…to fly yourself),…
….fluttereth over her young,
(showing them how to use their wings)….
….spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:”
(taking each eaglet on her wing and flying to show them how….keeping right there when they take off, to catch them on her wing)
The Lord brought them out and taught them how to come close to Him….gave them the place of worship, and set up peace offerings which were a grand supper: part sacrificed to God….part eaten before Him in the outer court!
He did all this to bring them close to Him.
The fat of the sacrifices, always suggested richness. Fat cattle were well fed and taken care of….and the fat of sacrifices was always choice…and placed on the altar. (Exodus 29:13, Lev. 1:8)…to God.
In many places God calls us to enter into His goodness, and joy….eat the fat: (Isaiah 25:6, Isaiah 55:2)
Nehemiah 8:10 “Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat,and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
“Thou shalt make them drink of the river of Thy pleasures”. Satisfaction is in Christ alone.
John 7:37-38 “…..Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
He that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”
(The belly, in scripture, is the soul….especially the will. Coming to Christ, willing with Him to do His Will….the Holy Spirit will flow out of us.)
Revelation 22:17 “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely.”
“For with Thee is the fountain of life: in Thy light shall we see light.”
The Lord is a fountain of wisdom, and peace, and longsuffering.
Light is an emblem of all the blessings given by God, so that we may gain more.
These we may reflect and manifest to others:
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
To know the Lord a little, should create a hunger in us to know Him more.
“Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”
When Jesus came, the last week of His life, He wept over Jerusalem….and said,…
Matthew 23:27 “….how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!”
And ye would not….
But now I ask you….will you? He often reaches out to us in lovingkindness….pulling us in under His wings of peace and love.
Sometimes we may be weeping in grief or fear….other times we may be tired and weary….
…but in all circumstances….in every place….God will be there…
….let us know His Arm of Care.
Paul said….and he shivered in jails, beaten and bound….and stood before kings and rulers….and preached before all men, the goodness and faithfulness of his God.
Philippians 4:11, 13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
I can do all things through Christ which strengthenth me.”
And as David said,…..and as Paul said,….
…we too can say…
Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Hallelujah, we are in Christ Jesus…..and by Him we receive all things we need.