FOUNTAIN OF LIFE
Date: June 16
Category: New Life in God
"How precious is Your steadfast love, O God! The children of men take refuge and put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. They relish and feast on the abundance of Your house; and You cause them to drink the stream of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light do we see light."
The love of God is the most precious gift we have. Because of the love of God, He gave His only begotten Son, to die on the cross of Calvary for us so that our sins may be forgiven. The only way we get to know God is through the forgiveness of our sins. There is no other way that we can come to the Father except through Jesus, who was sacrificed for our redemption. That is the most wonderful expression of love we could ever experience. Through that expression, we come to know God as a loving and forgiving God. That's why God's steadfast love is so precious.
Notice that His love is steadfast, meaning it's always there. His love isn't something that will come and go depending on our actions. His love is unconditional, which means that God loves us no matter what we do. God has a steadfast love for us whereas most people have a conditional love for us, meaning they will only love you if you do things for them. That's not steadfast love. That's not the same kind of love that God has for us.
Verse 7 says, "The children of men take refuge and put their trust under the shadow of Your wings." Taking refuge means running to God and doing what God says we should do. It means coming to Him and willingly obeying His commandments. Other people may come along and try to persuade you to do things that you know are contrary to the Word of God. But taking refuge in God means running to God and doing what He wants.
Then it says to trust in Him, under the shadow of His wings. In God is where you find shelter. It's where you find protection and warmth. So when you take refuge in God and do what He wants, then God will protect you. Those people who live ungodly lives, doing things that are displeasing to God won't have the same protection because they are not under the shadow of His wings.
God doesn't force Himself upon us. He doesn't make us run to Him. He doesn't make us obey Him. That's our choice. We have to consciously choose to run to God and take refuge in Him. We have to choose to obey His commandments and do what's pleasing to Him. Then we will have the protection and shelter of God because that's the only time we can be under the shadow of His wings.
Then verse 8a says, "They relish and feast on the abundance of Your house…" So God's house is full of abundance. In other words, real joy and satisfaction only comes from God. When you are in the house of God and the presence of God, reading His Word and praying, that is when you will have full satisfaction. Verse 8b says, "You cause them to drink of the stream of Your pleasures."
There are many things in the world that people think will bring them pleasure. Some people think that if they go out to bars and dance clubs, they'll find pleasure. Some people think that if they have sex with other partners, they'll find pleasure. Some people try drugs or alcohol, but they don't find pleasure there either. Real satisfaction and true pleasure is only found in God and His presence. When you take refuge in Him and do the things that are pleasing to Him, then you will find joy and pleasure.
Then we come to verse 9, which is such a beautiful verse. "For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light do we see light." God is the fountain of life and He is the light of our lives. Everything else is death. Sin will lead you into destruction, but God will give you life. That is the meaning of true satisfaction. True satisfaction is having eternal life and living in light. There is nothing in this world that can give us those two things except God, through Jesus Christ. That's what it means to be truly satisfied, and it is only found in God, our fountain of life.