How precious is Your loving-kindness, O God!
And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.
They feast on the abundance of [Your] house;
And You give them to drink of the river of Your delights.

PSALM 36:7–8

What a beautiful picture of God’s graciousness and goodness! First of all we turn to Him out of our need. We come to Him for refuge because we are oppressed, because we cannot handle our problems. We take refuge in the shadow of His wings. But once we are there under His shadow, we discover that He has provided much more for us than mere refuge. He has provided a feast. He has provided abundance. We feast on the abundance of His house. Not only that, but He gives us to drink of  “the river of His delights.”

Notice carefully what that implies. God does not give us to drink of a river of our own delights, but of His delights. He shares with us the things that delight Him. There is a great difference between the things that delight us and the things that delight God. The things that delight God are pure, uplifting, edifying, totally good. On the other hand, there are many things that our carnal nature craves that are harmful.

An obvious example is the habit of smoking. Many people find pleasure in smoking, yet we all know today that it is extremely harmful—a potential cause of cancer and heart disease. God’s pleasures are never like that. They are solely and totally good. They have no harmful after-effects. The deeper we drink of them, the greater the good they do us.

God invites us to share His abundance and His delights. What a tragedy it would be to reject His invitation and cling to pleasures that gratify our carnal nature, but are ultimately harmful! Let us cultivate a taste for the things that delight God!

Faith’s Response

Lord, I ask You to purify my taste, so that I may enjoy the things You enjoy.

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