River of Delights

8 They feast on the abundance of your house;
    you give them drink from your river of delights. Psalm 36:8

King David is still referring to those who take refuge in the Lord. What is he talking about when he mentions “feasting on the Lord’s abundance” and drinking from his “river of delights?”

Everyone reading this can probably agree that not everyone in life is “dealt” a great hand. Some people lead very tough lives. Sometimes it’s through personal choices and with others it’s through no fault of their own. Life can be tough and cruel.

But I’ve seen those who thrive even when they’re in the midst of poverty, personal tragedies, and chaos. Similarly, I’ve seen those who have life handed to them on a silver platter throw their lives away by making terrible choices.

The only possessions some of my South Sudanese friends have are the clothes on their back, but they rejoice in the Lord. How can this be? Aren’t they worried where they’ll live, what they’ll eat, or saving their money for retirement?

No, but that’s the point, isn’t it? It’s a choice that they make to focus on the Lord and His goodness. They are forced to make that choice daily or they would shrivel up and become bitter about their plight in life, the one that uncaring leaders and angry machete-toting men have handed to them. They did nothing to deserve it but they choose to enjoy His river of delights.

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