Drink the River of God’s Pleasures

New JerusalemPsalm 36:8-9 says, “They [the sons of men, v. 7] are saturated with the fatness of Your house, and You cause them to drink of the river of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light.” The river of God’s pleasures is the river in Genesis 2 and the river of water of life in Revelation 22.

The dictionary of Strong’s Concordance says that “fatness” is fatty ashes of sacrifices. This alludes to the offerings on the altar of the temple. These offerings are types/pictures of Christ. We, the believers in Christ, are satisfied with Christ’s sacrifice for us.

Christ’s death removes all the problems between us and God and opens the door for God to come to us as life. This is the next portion of the verse—“You cause them to drink of the river of Your pleasures.” To drink is to receive the divine life. When we accept Christ’s completed work on the cross, God gives us living water for us to drink.

God is the fountain, the source of life (Psalm 36:9a). This life comes to us in Christ. John 1:4 says “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” He came that we might have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10).

When we receive Jesus Christ as our life, we also have light (Psalm 36:9b). The more we stand on Christ’s accomplished redemption and the more we drink the river of God’s pleasures, the more we have light regarding God’s purpose and our walk with Him. Eventually our complete appreciation of redemption, our unimpeded and uninterrupted drinking of the river, God’s full pleasure, and the brightest light, will be in New Jerusalem.

In Psalms 36:8 redemption brings us to life; here are related posts:
Redemption for Life 1 2 3 4

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  1. I appreciate the connection between the fatness of the house, the work of the cross and drinking the river of God’s pleasures. “When we accept Christ’s completed work on the cross, God gives us living water for us to drink.”


  2. Psalm 36:7-9 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.


  3. I thank the Lord for all that He has accomplished and given to us. I also thank the Lord for those who have gone before us and studied in detail, so that we have information such as what I presented from Strong’s dictionary.


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