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The river of God's pleasure
October 18, 2010
by Rev. Paul Marggraf, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Delano

For many years, a prayer was offered in our church for those who were about to receive Holy Communion. That prayer ended with the request that God would use the sacrament to strengthen each communicant until the day they would, “eat of the eternal manna and drink of the river of Thy pleasure forevermore.”

The closing words of that prayer borrowed an expression for Psalm 36:8, “and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures” (KJV). When the Bible speaks about “the river of God’s pleasure,” it is reminding us that there is no limit to the good things God can give.

Just as the rivers of this world continue to flow day and night, year in and year out, century after century, so also God’s ability to bless and satisfy is unending.

In spite of all the things modern life offers us, boredom still gets the best of us from time to time. There are those days when none of life’s activities seem able to satisfy us completely. But the unrest of boredom will not be a part of the eternal life which God is preparing for His people.

The God who created us knows exactly how to satisfy us, and He can do it in 10,000 ways that never even occurred to our imaginations. His wisdom never runs dry.

This is the eternal life that Jesus has opened to us by His cross. This is the eternal life we are eagerly waiting for. God speed the day of its dawning!

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.