The Righteous One looking up to the God of grace from amid a world lying in wickedness

From Genesis to Revelation there is the flowing of the “river of thy pleasures.” There the saints of all ages have drunk of the eternal waters, and their soul thirst met. 

It springs up at the dawn of creation, for “a river went out of Eden to water the garden.” ‘Eden’ means ‘delight’ or ‘pleasure.’ We trace its unceasing flow into the psalms, for “there is a river the streams thereof make glad the city of God.” Then Ezekiel speaks of it in gospel and graphic terms, as a “river that I could not pass over,” and its source was from under the threshold of the temple. Comes the New Testament, and our Lord declares that anyone believing in Him, then out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. Finally, John, in his Revelation, saw “a river of water of life clear as crystal proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.” 

This living water carrying God’s pleasure, sustains the church of all ages, and has its risings in Christ Himself.

Psalm 36

 1  The wicked man's transgression
       within my heart thus says,
    Undoubtedly the fear of God
       is not before his eyes.

 2  Because himself he flattereth
       in his own blinded eye,
    Until the hatefulness be found
       of his iniquity.

 3  Words from his mouth proceeding are,
       fraud and iniquity:
    He to be wise, and to do good,
       hath left off utterly.

 4  He mischief, lying on his bed,
       most cunningly doth plot:
    He sets himself in ways not good,
       ill he abhorreth not.

 5  Thy mercy, Lord, is in the heav'ns;
       thy truth doth reach the clouds:
 6  Thy justice is like mountains great;
       thy judgments deep as floods:

    Lord, thou preservest man and beast.
 7      How precious is thy grace!
    Therefore in shadow of thy wings
       men's sons their trust shall place.

 8  They with the fatness of thy house
       shall be well satisfied;
    From rivers of thy pleasures thou
       wilt drink to them provide.

 9  Because of life the fountain pure
       remains alone with thee;
    And in that purest light of thine
       we clearly light shall see.

10  Thy loving-kindness unto them
       continue that thee know;
    And still on men upright in heart
       thy righteousness bestow.

11  Let not the foot of cruel pride
       come, and against me stand;
    And let me not removed be,
       Lord, by the wicked's hand.

12  There fallen are they, and ruined,
       that work iniquities:
    Cast down they are, and never shall
       be able to arise.

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