It’s one thing to wonder at the limitless nature of God, it’s another to appropriate it as our own. One thing to acknowledge that with God there is goodness beyond comprehension, another to believe that He has bestowed all that goodness upon us, blessing us in Christ “with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Eph. 1:3). One thing to imagine our Father’s house and the glory that must fill the place where He dwells, another to live in the assurance that in His house are many rooms, and the anticipation that His Son is even now preparing a place for us in that house “that where I am you may be also” (Jn. 14:3).
And the list could go on. One thing to believe Jesus died for my sin, another to actually walk in the freedom that my sin has been entirely erased. One thing to believe in the perfect holiness of the Savior, another to boldly live in the confidence that His righteousness has been credited to my account.
As I chew on such things, the words of the songwriter in Psalm 139:6 come to mind:
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
So what’s got me thinking such high thoughts? Noodling on things beyond my ability to noodle? It’s another song of David. A song that reminds me that, though I might feel dry and empty at times, in reality I am saturated.
Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens,
Your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;
Your judgments are like the great deep;
man and beast you save, O LORD.
How precious is Your steadfast love, O God!
The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.
They feast on the abundance of Your house,
and You give them drink from the river of Your delights.
(Psalm 36:5-8 ESV)
The songwriter is captivated by the steadfast love of God. He has no way to describe it but to pull out as many “over the top” analogies as come to mind. The LORD’s steadfast love “extends to the heavens” . . . His faithfulness reaches to the clouds . . . His righteousness is high as the highest mountains . . . and His justice is a deep as the deepest oceans (36:5-6).
But it’s one thing to believe and declare that boundless love and goodness of God, it’s another to think it is made available for us. And that’s what David does. And does it with just as “over the top” language.
For the children of man who will take refuge in the wings of the Almighty, there is a table set to satisfy every hunger. Not just a coffee table with a few snacks on it, but a banquet table overflowing with the best of the best, and that, without end.
For those who place themselves in the shadow of the God of all creation, there is a river–not a stream, not a brook, but a mighty, raging river which flows without ceasing to satisfy every thirst. And from it we are offered limitless refills as we “fill our tankards with Eden spring water” (MSG).
The table is set. The river flows. And we are invited to come and to feast, literally to be saturated, with heaven’s fine fare.
God’s children are invited to take freely and take fully of God’s overflowing provision. To eat until we are stuffed to the gills. To drink until we can drink no more. To fill ourselves to the full with His fullness. To drink ourselves to the point of being intoxicated with His love. To be saturated with His abundant, never ending provision.
Over the top language for an unimaginably blessed people. And this, all and only, through an indescribable Savior.
By His grace. For His glory.