Psalm 36:5-9 by Dr J P Hunter
On New Years Eve it is appropriate to meditate with this Psalm on the goodness of God as we celebrate the coming of Light into our world this night. David in his life had overwhelmingly experienced God’s steadfast love and faithfulness but also his righteousness and judgments. Out of that experience he compared God’s love to the immeasurable height of the heavens, God’s faithfulness to the clouds. God’s righteousness as solid as mighty mountains and the depth of wisdom of his judgements as deep as the oceans, thereby saving the souls of us humans.
It is in that deep wisdom and out of that steadfast love for humankind, that God the Father decided to send his Son to earth as a vulnerable baby to become the fountain of life and the Light of this world.
Fountain of life 36:9 gives us a sense of fresh, cleansing water that gives life to the spiritually thirsty. Jesus spoke of himself as “living water”. In your light we see light 36:9. Jesus himself said centuries later these similar words: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life” Let us celebrate the coming of Light into our dark world this night. Let us thank God for that goodness.
Lord God, in this different Christmas Season in a world of darkness, pandemic disease, isolation and fear, I fold my hands and close my eyes to thank you for your steadfast love in sending your Son into our world to become the Saviour of all.
Lord Jesus, as you are the fountain of life, may I ask for living water to quench the spiritual thirst within me. Lord Jesus, as you are the Light of the world, will you bring light into my darkness? Lord Jesus, Saviour of all, will you be and remain my Saviour too? Amen.