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God’s River of Pleasures & Delights

April 15, 2010

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Our Creator God is entirely delightful and beautiful, defined by all that is good and loving.

So in light of that, today I thought I’d briefly point out a fascinating phrase King David used in one of his ancient poems. He was writing about Elohim (Creator God) and His relationship with people.

He writes, “and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures” (Psalm 36:8). That word “pleasures” also means “delights”.

The River of Creator God’s Pleasures and Delights. Who knew God had one of those? Isn’t it exciting that God even has such a river? And even better that we get to drink from it?

Fast Forward

Fast forward several hundred years. Jesus is on the earth, and He’s telling folks He has living water to give them who ask. “If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water” (John 4:10).

And then Jesus goes out into the middle of a crowded feast day in Jerusalem and loudly cries out to everybody in earshot saying, “If any man thirst, let him come to unto me and drink!” (John 7:37).

Do you think maybe Jesus was offering the water of the River of Delights that King David talked about?

Got Delightful Living Water?

But Jesus didn’t stop there. He went on to promise, “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38).

Scriptures clarify Jesus was referring to the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit that would be given after He returned to His Father. And that the Holy Spirit would well up from inside us with Living Water. “But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified” (John 7:39).

Yes, Living Water flowing out of us. That delightful, permanently thirst-quenching, River of God’s Pleasures kind of Living Water. That’s what Jesus came to give us!

My Prayer

Father God, we thank You that You have a river of pleasure for us to drink of! How wonderful is that! Teach our hearts about Your goodness! The Name of Jesus!


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published April 15, 2010 and has been edited for posting May 13, 2017.


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