As the hauntingly beautiful music for the High Priestly blessing [Numbers 6:24-26] faded away into stillness, the Feast of Unleavened Bread was officially over. I was tired – it had been a full week – but my overwhelming emotion was of an abundant satisfaction. King David knew this feeling, too, he wrote, “They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.” [Psalm 36:8]. Throughout the Feast, the ‘fatness of His house’ and the ‘river of His pleasures’ had unfolded in challenging ministry, anointed worship, rich fellowship, and a deep sense of Yahweh’s Presence; an awesome time.
It’s easy to delight in this word when our hearts are full, but I have a feeling that it is meant to be our experience whatever our circumstances. Human happiness depends on ‘happenings’; on the situations and conditions that make up our lives. Divine happiness is different, it is dependent only on our relationship with the Father and His Son. Salvation is wonderfully, gloriously free, paid for at Calvary, but righteous living was never meant to be easy. We were not promised a comfortable, stress-free life, in fact Barnabas and Paul taught that “we must through much tribulation enter into the Kingdom of [Heaven].” [Acts 14:22]. Is the scripture teaching a double standard here? No, indeed! The peace and contentment that come from Yahweh do not depend on ‘happenings’!
David introduced His thought about satisfaction, “How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O [Yahweh]! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.” [v7]. Here is the key: trusting in Yahweh provides divine shelter. As life roils around us, no matter what it brings, we can find contentment, abundant satisfaction in the deepest places of our souls, for our trust, our protection, and our refuge are in Him. “For with thee,” continues David, “is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.” [v9]
Yahweh intends us to have awesome times, when His Presence is vital and real; He sanctions the other times for His evolving purposes in our lives; He will never leave us.
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