Psalm 36:7-9 - The Fountain Of Life and Light.

Psalm 36:7-9 - The Fountain Of Life and Light.

Psalm 36:7-9 (NKJV) How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! 
Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your 
wings. 8 They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, 
And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures. 9 For with 
You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.  

Psalm 36:7-9 (NLT) How precious is your unfailing love, O God! 
All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. 8 You feed 
them from the abundance of your own house, letting them drink from 
your river of delights. 9 For you are the fountain of life, the light 
by which we see.  

Psalm 36:7-9 (TLB) How precious is your constant love, O God! 
All humanity takes refuge in the shadow of your wings. 8 You feed 
them with blessings from your own table and let them drink from your 
rivers of delight. 9 For you are the Fountain of life; our light is 
from your light.  


The fountain of life. Life literally and spiritually; life here 
and hereafter. God is the source not only of life but of all that 
gives life meaning (see Ps. 34:12; John 1:4; 4:10; 5:26; Ed 197, 198; 
see on Prov. 9:11). 

"Fountain of life" is a vivid image of fresh, cleansing water 
that gives life to the spiritually thirsty. This same picture is used 
in Jeremiah 2:13, where God is called the "fountain of living 
water." Jesus spoke of himself as living water that could quench thirst 
forever and give eternal life (John 4:14). [Life Application SB] 

In thy light. As God is the source of light, only in Him can we 
see light. Apart from God, all our understanding is only darkness. 
Our prayer should be: "What in me is dark, illumine" (Milton). See 
John 3:19, 20; 1 John 1:5-7; 1 Peter 2:9). [SDA Bible Commentary] 

In His light shall we see light, until mind and heart and soul 
are transformed into the image of His holiness. For those who thus 
lay hold of the divine assurances of God's word, there are wonderful 
possibilities. Before them lie vast fields of truth, vast resources of power. 
Glorious things are to be revealed. Privileges and duties which they do 
not even suspect to be in the Bible will be made manifest. All who 
walk in the path of humble obedience, fulfilling His purpose, will 
know more and more of the oracles of God.  {MH 465}   


   It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. In 
today's verses the psalmist uses just a few words to paint some dramatic 
pictures. With a series of metaphors this psalm describes some of the many 
blessings for believers because of God's character: His ever faithful, 
ever loyal love is truly "out of this world" because it is so great 
that it reaches beyond the clouds and heavens. The Lord's 
righteousness is as steady as the highest mountains, and his judgments are as 
deep as the ocean. But the metaphor that gives us the greatest 
insight into the heart of God is in verse 7: we can find shelter in our 
Lord just as baby chickens take refuge under the shelter of the 
mother hen's wings. Because God loves us, his arms are open to us 
today; all we have to do is run to him, and he will provide shelter and 
   Your Unfailing Love, LORD, is as vast as the heavens. Your 
faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. Your righteousness is as glorious as 
the mighty mountain, and your justice is as deep as the deepest 
ocean. Thank you for caring for people and animals alike with your 
unfailing love. Thank you for the shelter that I find in the shadow of 
your wings. I rejoice because your unfailing love is the most 
precious thing to me! [Praying Through The Bible By Fuller re. vv. 5-7] 

God's love is measureless. It is more: it is boundless. It has 
no bounds because it is not a thing but a facet of the essential 
nature of God. His love is something he is, and because he is infinite, 
that love can enfold the whole created world in itself and have room 
for ten thousand times ten thousand worlds beside. A. W. Tozer 

   As I sat praying not long ago, the Lord impressed on my mind 
a person who was very dear to me. I realized that even though at 
that moment I couldn't draw that person to me for protection, the 
Lord could--and would. The many times I feel unable to fix a 
situation, I can trust that when I turn it over to God, it will be fixed. 
We ask the Lord for many things: protection, good health, wisdom, 
and strength. We ask these things for ourselves as well as for 
others, and he provides. But I didn't always realize this. 
   For years I thought it was my duty to fix everything myself. 
After all, that was part of my job as a mother. When my children were 
young, I was the mom who did it all. Later, I poured my entire self 
into a career as a buyer for a large retail organization. I traveled 
extensively and often worked fifteen-hour days. I never asked the Lord to 
help. Oh no, I could handle it. 
   Then one day the company to which I had given so much went 
bankrupt. Without my job I didn't know who I was or what to do. I couldn't 
fix it, so I turned to my heavenly Father. Even though I had shut 
him out for so many years, he was still there. Now when I become 
overwhelmed with concern for a person or a situation, I call on God's 
unfailing love. I know he is always there, eager to provide for us. 
   Linda Campbell is a wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and 
woman of God. [The One Year Bible Live Verse Devotional re v. 7] 

God offers the only real life there is. When we give ourselves 
to Him and walk in the light He provides us, in His Word and by His 
Spirit, we begin to see more and more how we can enjoy life to the 
fullest. [Life Principles SB By Charles Stanley re. v. 7] 

If your heart's lacking joy today, drink deeply from God's 
promise (see Psalm 37:4). Just knowing that He holds our lives in the 
palm of His hand is reason enough to rejoice--no matter what the day 
might bring. Thank Him for His mercy and His everlasting goodness. 
Nothing else in the world can bring joy into our lives like He can. [The 
365 Daily Promise Bible By Barbour re v. 8] 


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