Looking Forward and Backward, with Eyes of Faith
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 … for with you is the fountain of life, in your light do we see light.
I have been meditating on Psalm 36 the past few days, encouraged and challenged by the Word of the Lord as we head into a new year! They say that looking back is 20/20: you are looking at the past and seeing the outcome of decisions made. Decisions that may have been agonized over but are now history, and in them the wisdom of the Lord is now seen. Not that every outcome yielded what we wanted, but as we look carefully we often see the wisdom and steadfast love of our great God in the outcomes presented. Sometimes the revelation of the mysterious good is still future… and so we wait.
But David, in this Psalm, reviews the preciousness of God’s steadfast love and provision for his children over the years. And then in verse 10 he looks to the new year… the future… 2012… and prays! He asks God to continue to pour out steadfast love, to lead him in paths that are good, and bring about the cause of righteousness. He knows the deceitfulness of his own heart and pleads with God to keep him from pride and the love of this world (the hand of the wicked drive me away).
Jubilee, as we enter 2012 let us do so with a review of the past and a projected look into the future. Is the steadfast love of God precious to us? Are we feasting on the abundance of his house, hungering and thirsting for his ways, his righteousness? Do we see the deceitfulness of our own hearts and therefore recognize our poverty… driving us to call out for help as we enter into this new year?
Oh continue your steadfast love to those who know you, and your righteousness to the upright of heart! Let not the foot of arrogance come upon me, nor the hand of the wicked drive me away…
Looking to 2012 with great delight because of our great God!