The River of Delights

…the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings; You give them to drink of the river of Your delights; Let not the foot of pride come upon me. And let not the hand of the wicked drive me away. (Psalm 36:7b, 8b, 11 NASB)

The God of all creation gives me His delights from which to drink.

What are His delights? Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, self-control. (Gal. 5:22) Things that bring life.

Things that are not physical. Things that are not passing away. Things that do not corrode, erode, or explode.

Good things. Things I ask Him for. All the time. In all circumstances.Delight in the Lord

But sometimes, I look around at those circumstances a little too much.

I see things I want. Stuff, physical comforts.

There is not anything inherently wrong with the things I see. Some are very useful on this earth. Some are simply very pleasurable, enjoyable.

My attention begins to shift.

My eyes see the outward, the way of man – and woman.

I want the things everyone else has. The pretty things. The useful things.

The pursuit of these things crowds my heart.

It’s what I dwell on. It’s what I want.

And I am dissatisfied.

Let not the foot of pride come upon me and let not the hand of the wicked drive me away.

Let my heart drink of the river of Your delights.

Let me seek You, and let all these things be added to me (Mt. 6:33) – by You, from You, what You know I need.

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