Daily D – Psalm 36:9

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Psalm 36:9 
“For the wellspring of life is with you. 
By means of your light we see light.” (CSB)

“For you are the fountain of life, 
the light by which we see.” (NLT)

Here is a rich statement worth pondering throughout our day. We see with the eyes God gives us. We see by the light of his being and the light bearers of his creation. Every faculty, each native ability, is a gift of God’s unfailing love. 

The first four verses of this psalm provide context for King David’s declarations about God in verses 5-9. 

Sin whispers to the wicked, deep within their hearts. 
They have no fear of God at all. 
In their blind conceit, they cannot see how wicked they really are. 
Everything they say is crooked and deceitful. 
They refuse to act wisely or do good. 
They lie awake at night, hatching sinful plots. 
Their actions are never good. 
They make no attempt to turn from evil.

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭36‬:‭1‬-‭4‬ ‭NLT‬‬

People like the ones KD describes in these verses take God’s good gifts and misuse them with evil intent. Obviously, this is not how it should be. Naturally, this leads to harmful and hurtful behavior. Distressfully, this ends in many broken lives. This is a God-starved life, and the starvation is irrational and purposeful. But why starve yourself of God’s goodness? Why not use the faculties and abilities God gives to extend his goodness? 

How good is our God? KD gives us a taste of glory in verses 5-9.

Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; 
your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. 
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, 
your justice like the ocean depths. 
You care for people and animals alike, O Lord. 
How precious is your unfailing love, O God! 
All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings.
You feed them from the abundance of your own house, 
letting them drink from your river of delights. 
For you are the fountain of life, 
the light by which we see.

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭36‬:‭5‬-‭9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

God is love without limit, faithfulness without end, righteousness without comparison, and justice without fail. He is shelter and abundance. He is delight and the Light. 

Awaken to glory. Awaken to unfailing love. Awaken in honesty, seeing God for who he is. Awaken in blessing, seeing us as his intended beneficiaries. 

Psalms 33-36 ask, answer, and declare how great and how good is our God. These are songs worth singing. These are poems worth marking for future reference. These are wonderful words to commit to memory for those moments  when we need them most.

I will celebrate God’s greatness and his goodness.

Our Father, there is none like you. As we learned to pray at the dinner table when we were children, “God is great. God is good.” Every meal over the span of our lives shouts, “Amen!” Every morning after a good night’s rest agrees. Every day of meaningful activity joins with its assent. You are great, and you are good. Amen. 


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