river of pleasures!

“They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of your house and you give them drink from the river of your pleasures” (Psalm 36:8).

The worldly thirst is there. The thirst of some people is the worldly pleasures. Such happiness may last only a few hours. “….and will receive the wages of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure to carouse in the daytime. They are spots and blemishes, carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you” (II Peter 2:13).

The Scripture says “He who loves pleasure will be a poor man” (Proverbs 21:17). Those who are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life may hear the Gospel to any extent but it will not bring in any change in them. They bring no fruit to maturity (Luke 8:14). Eve went and saw the fruit which had been prohibited. In outward appearance, it looked sweet. Some people like to grow trees and plants. The croton plant which looks beautiful may be decorative but it is of no use.

But there is the blissful life which comes from the fruits of the Spirit. It is the bliss coming from the Holy Spirit. It is the bliss of the resurrection. A man may be shown with all worldly great things but he will say “Jesus is enough for me. The joy He gives through the Holy Spirit is what I want. Yes. The worldly pleasures will never satisfy any one’s life. Some will find pleasure in drinking. Once the intoxication level comes down they will again go for drinking. The harlot will not satisfy anyone. Her house is the way to hell. Many people reach them and bring incurable diseases and problems. But let you be longing for the Holy Spirit which is the river of pleasure.

Today, God calls you with love to drink in that river and to bear the fruits of the Spirit. “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without the price.” (Isaiah 55:1). “I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts” (Revelation 21:6).

The heart of David was a thirsty one. “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?” (Psalm 42:1, 2).

The Spiritual thirst differs from the physical thirst. If you drink the well water when you feel thirsty it is good. The thirst will be satiated for some time. But the thirst will be felt soon again. But one who drinks the living water will never feel thirsty again. “Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14).

To meditate: “Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation” (Isaiah 12:3).