18 Jul The Abundance of God’s House
Psalm 36:7-9 (AMPC)
7 How precious is Your steadfast love, O God! The children of men take refuge and put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.
8 They relish and feast on the abundance of Your house; and You cause them to drink of the stream of Your pleasures.
9 For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light do we see light.
Recently we had a function at our church which went on a bit late into the night. Our children were with us and when it was time to lock up and go home, we couldn’t find our youngest son. Our church property is situated on a main road which is always busy and the front entrance gate was wide open. As wide open as my imagination got at that moment. His sister and brother started looking for him, I called all over the property and panic quickly ensued! Eventually he came to light. He thought it would be a great time for a game of hide and seek. He also thought it was funny. I quickly convinced him it was not. To say that my heart skipped several beats would be an understatement.
I’m sure you have a similar story of a time you thought you had lost something valuable. The greater our love for something – the more precious it is to us.
King David who wrote this Psalm calls God’s love (or lovingkindness as some translations puts it) precious. That is a very strong description. In Hebrew steadfast love is the word “hēsēd” and it translates as loyalty, faithfulness, goodness, graciousness and favour. “Hēsēd implies personal involvement and commitment in a relationship beyond the rule of law.” (Vines Dictionary)
David then continues to describe God’s love to us:
The children of men take refuge and put their trust under the shadow of Your wings.
If you feel overwhelmed today; if you feel like your enemies are winning; if you feel afraid, I have good news for you today – YOU HAVE A PLACE OF REFUGE! You are not without a place of safety. When the world is running scared and uncertain – we don’t have to be!
God’s perfect love for you is a refuge. 1 John 4 says that “perfect love casts out fear…” The context of today’s passage is God’s House. I believe that as we start to treat the church as precious we can tap into all the wonderful blessings God has for us. These blessings will become tangible to us and go beyond academic knowledge.
How do we relish and feast on the abundance in God’s House? How do we drink from the streams of His pleasures? I believe one way to do it is through relationships within the church community God has planted us in.
My friend, I encourage you to dip into the fountain of life today.