When we receive God’s love and complete it by sharing it with others, God shines in us. This Christmas, let’s love like no one else!
The series on prayer continues with a look at Psalm 16, a prayer of dependence and confidence in God. How can we say that God is our only hope? Why do Christians put all their eggs in God’s basket? Why do we pray: “Lord, I need you”?
“For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.” (Psalm 36:9, NIV)
In Psalm 36, a beautiful and poetic song, David contrasts “the sinfulness of the wicked” (v. 1) with the love, faithfulness, righteousness, and justice of God (vv. 5-6). God’s love knows no end, and His justice is without measure. Whereas the wicked flatters himself and plots evil (vv. 2-4), God preserves both man and beast, showing them love and giving them refuge (vv. 7-8). While the evildoer’s ultimate fate is to be “thrown down, not able to rise” (v. 12), God’s unfailing love is a fountain of life to those who acknowledge Him (v. 9).
What a moving picture of the greatness of our God! He gives us life, and in His light, we see light. God is the source of both life and light. Life “lives” because God lives in it. Light shines because God shines in it. Without God, there would be no light and no life. This brings to mind John 1:4, “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.” Jesus is our light and life, and when we resolve to live for Christ each day, we may pray David’s prayer for God’s provision and protection.
“Continue your love to those who know you, your righteousness to the upright in heart. May the foot of the proud not come against me, nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.” (vv. 10-11)
Psalm 36 is the inspiration for one of my favorite worship songs, Your Love, O Lord, by Third Day. I hope this Scripture and this song inspire your devotion to God this week!