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Daily Devotional Reading from the Psalms

Psalm 36:7–12

7  How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God!

Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

8  They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house;

And thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.

9  For with thee is the fountain of life:

In thy light shall we see light.

10  O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee;

And thy righteousness to the upright in heart.

11  Let not the foot of pride come against me,

And let not the hand of the wicked remove me.

12  There are the workers of iniquity fallen:

They are cast down, and shall not be able to rise.

How Excellent is your loving kindness, O God!

What is so excellent about him? Well, first of all he wants to shelter those that trust him under his wings (vs.7) In this shadow of his wings we are protected from the storms and threats around us. Jesus said in Matthew 23:37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem…how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!” “Ye would not” are some of the saddest words ever spoken.

They say that Snickers satisfy. One Halloween I ate a basket full of those little ones. Afterward, I didn’t feel satisfied. The Lord “abundantly” satisfies (vs.8). Those words “abundantly satisfied” are Hebrew words that mean “well watered”. David knew well the experience of being in a desolate place where there was no water and he said that God gave more than enough to quench the soul’s thirst. When David speaks of the fatness of his house I think he is referring to a meal. He will feed you well. The Lord provides light to those who are in darkness (vs.9). Abundant satisfaction (Jn 10:10), Living Water (Jn 7:38) , Bread of life (Jn 6:35) , the Light (Jn 8:12) are all what we find in the Lord Jesus Christ. Please don’t hear him say, “I would have provided all this and more, but ye would not” Please don’t say, “I could have had...”

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