Words from the Heart for Thursday May 4th, 2017
They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, and You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.
Psalm 36:8 (NKJV)
We all have those people that we really enjoy being with. We seek opportunities to share things together. Did you know you are on the Lord’s list! We definitely know we enjoy coming to His house to share time with Him. We love to hear what He has to say. We always receive when we are with Him. But, this verse tells us that He also takes pleasure in us. He always welcomes us into His Presence.
Canadians are far from satisfied with the national infrastructure here in our country. In a poll released last October, just one third of Canadians said they were satisfied with such things as roads, railways and broadband internet. Just 33 per cent of respondents said they are ‘satisfied’ with the country’s infrastructure, 26 per cent said they are ‘dissatisfied’ and 37 per cent said they are neither satisfied nor dissatisfied. Four per cent said they simply do not know. Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s advisory council on economic growth released a report October 20, 2016 calling for the creation of a new infrastructure bank that would combine public and private money to build major projects across the country. The report outlined how an investment of at least $40-billion from Ottawa could lead to at least another $160-billion in private capital.
Satisfaction can be a rare thing in our world. This is particularly true in our material world, where so many think that those who die with the most toys win. But this is not true. Material things never ultimately satisfy. In fact, they often leave us empty and without hope. The pleasures of this world are fleeting and in some cases, the more we get of something the deeper the longing for more. There is only one place we can look for abundant satisfaction. King David says this in Psalm 36:8: “They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, and You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.” This is an interesting verse, considering the Temple had not yet been built. It would be David’s son Solomon who would build the Temple. So what David is speaking about here is the spiritual house where the Lord dwells. When we enter into the presence of God through time in His word, in prayer and worship, He satisfies our soul. The pleasures of earth only last for a time and often they bring guilt and shame. What happens in Vegas does not, in fact, stay in Vegas, so to speak. But the pleasures that the Lord offers – His peace, joy, forgiveness, grace and love – never lose their satisfaction. There is nothing like this in our world. This satisfaction comes only from a relationship with Jesus Christ by faith.
These have been words from the heart.