Friday, February 26, 2016

PSALM 36 continued...
Here refuge is offered,
and the very pleasures of Eden
in food and drink.

"How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!
And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings."
"How precious is Your lovingkindness..."
"No gem or pearl can ever equal."
How valuable, how excellent, how precious
His lovingkindness is not comparable to any riches anywhere. 

"refuge in the shadow of Your wings"
This also has a reference to Ruth 2:12, 20
Boaz, the kinsman-redeemer said,
"May the Lord reward your work, and your wages be full from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge..."



"Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, 'May he be blessed of the Lord who has not withdrawn his kindness to the living and to the dead.' Again Naomi said to her, 'The man is our relative, he is one of our closest relatives (redeemer).'"  
Some believe these wings of refuge from our redeemer also mean,
"Under whose wings thou art come to trust, under the covert of the temple,
the wings of the cherubim, they were to shelter...
overshadowing the mercy seat which covered the ark.

We heard a sermon recently from Luke 13:3-34 that has both a fox and a hen in the passage,
ye old fox in the henhouse imagery.  This is from the red words of Jesus in Scripture.
"Just at that time some Pharisees (Joseph of Arimathea?) approached, saying to Him,
'Go away, leave here, for Herod wants to kill you.'
And He said to them, 'Go tell that FOX,
'Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow,
and the third day I reach My goal...' 
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her!
How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a HEN gathers her brood
under her wings, and you would not have it!"

"Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadows of Thy wings...
the Lord overshadows His people as a hen protects her brood or as an eagle covers its young;
and we as the little ones run under the blessed shelter and feel at rest. 
To cower under the wings of God is so sweet...for we nestle in under the Lord's wings."

Do you ever feel the need to cower, to nestle, to be gathered, to seek refuge under His wings?
Sometimes the shadow of the predator hawk flies over the barnyard.  How silly some are to run away as prey rather than to seek shelter in the shadow of His wings.

Living in Oregon when we made treks to the ocean, the road would meander along a river.  The closer we got to the ocean, the larger, more massive became the waterway as all the little tributaries fed it along the way.  So shall our life be as we receive more and more of the river that never shall run dry from which He gives us "to drink of the river of Your delights."

"They drink their fill of the abundance of your house;
And You give them to drink of the river of Your delights.
For with You is the fountain of life...
O continue Your lovingkindness
to those who know You,
And Your righteousness to the upright in heart."
(verses 8-10)

These rivers of delights, 
rivers of pleasures
root is the word Eden, the Paradise of God.

"We find in sacred worship the richest spiritual food...sumptuous danties of the gospel--
nothing can so completely fill the soul...As they have the fruits of Eden to feed on,
so shall they have the river of Paradise to drink from...
and not hanker after the world's homely fare. 
Our heavenly Father doth not keep so starveling a house
that the world's scraps should go down with us."
George Swinnock

Yet as a heroic man Jeronius Segerson and his wife Lysken who were imprisoned for their faith in 1550 in Antwerp, wrote that all that was promised above is not dependent upon circumstances, but he found them to be true in his very cell, in his very soul...
"In lonesome cell,
guarded and strong I lie,
Bound by Christ's love,
His truth to testify,
Though walls be thick,
The door no hand unclose,
God is my strength, my solace
and repose."

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