They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. (Ps. 36:8)
Expanded Passage: Psalm 36:7–12
On certain Saturday afternoons, cool, shaded glens and the sound of a mountain stream were the idyllic setting of a cherished tradition as a youngster. Each summer, the church I grew up in had a Sunday school picnic in the North Cheyenne canyon. While kids splashed in the creek and played hide-and-seek in the woods, adults spread an abundance of food on the picnic tables: fried chicken, hamburgers, green bean casseroles, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, creamed corn, Jell-O salads, homemade crescent rolls, and wedges of watermelon. Desserts were never-ending: assortments of fruit and cream pies, cupcakes, brownies, red velvet sheet cakes, layered yellow cakes, sugar cookies, Rice Krispie marshmallow bars, and, occasionally, homemade ice cream. Of course, there was a variety of drink to choose from—water, sweetened and unsweetened iced tea, coffee, Kool-Aid, and lemonade. When the one in charge blew the whistle, kids, teenagers, and adults swarmed the tables, filled paper plates, and sated their thirst.
David often pointed to the extravagant bounty that God makes available for those who love and exalt him. He satisfies their deepest longing for love, acceptance, and belonging. He quenches the most savage thirst of their souls. His faithful presence surrounds and shelters them. He is always accessible, always present, always generous.
A perpetual invitation is extended. Come! Come, taste and see that the Lord is good.
Come to the table of abundance that God has spread for you.
Ed Rotz has served The Wesleyan Church as a pastor and district superintendent. He currently works for PastorServe, Inc. and lives in Topeka, Kansas, with his wife, Sharon.
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.