Once More on David and the Lord’s Lovingkindness
How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, and You give them drink from theriver of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life.(Psalm 36:7-9)
As we go further into these verses, David confesses to God another reason why he had such a yearning for the Lord’s lovingkindness. “You give them drink from the river ofYour pleasures.” Those who are drawn to God’s lovingkindness (desiring to face all of life on the basis of His loving commitment to His people) find a delightful spiritual river from which to drink by faith.
This world is a dry place, spiritually speaking. As we saw previously, David understood this clearly. “O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My fleshlongs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water“ (Psalm 63:1). In this dry and barren world, David experienced much anguish. He served a king who wrongfully persecuted him. “Saul saw and knew that the LORD was with David, and that Michal, Saul’s daughter, loved him; and Saul was still more afraid of David. So Saul becameDavid’s enemy continually“ (1 Samuel 18:28-29). David had a wife who mocked his love for God. “And as the ark of the LORD came into the City of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart“ (2 Samuel 6:16). He had a son who betrayed him.“Now Absalom would rise early and stand beside the way to the gate…Moreover Absalom would say, ‘Oh, that I were made judge in the land, and everyone who has any suit or cause would come to me; then I would give him justice‘…So Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel“ (2 Samuel 15:2, 4, 6).
In this barrenness of unfaithful relationships, David sought after the Lord earnestly. “I spread out my hands to You; My soul longs for You like a thirsty land“ (Psalm 143:6). In stark contrast to such heart-breaking, human disappointments, David found the Lord’s lovingkindness to be like a satisfying river of spiritual delights. “You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.” He found the Lord to be an ever-flowing supply of true life.“For with You is the fountain of life.” In the Lord’s lovingkindness, David found loyal love, steadfast commitment, and abounding grace.
Dear Lord, my fountain of life, the world has been a dry and thirsty land for me as well. There has been opposition, rejection, and betrayal. Lord, I want to come to You day by day to drink by faith from the lovingkindness that You alone can pour forth, in Jesus’ name, Amen.