Chapter-a-Day Psalm 36

Big Spring, a giant karst spring in The Ozarks...

For you are the fountain of life,
    the light by which we see.
Psalm 36:9 (NLT)

One of our favorite places to take guests down at the lake is Ha Ha Tonka State Park. If you arrive by boat and take a leisurely hike down the trial you’ll find a natural spring. The cool, fresh water bubbles endlessly up from the depths of the Earth. I thought of that spring when I read the lyric of today’s psalm about God being a fountain of life.

I also found it interesting that God’s bubbling spring life life comes after a descriptive image of the wicked earlier in the psalm. “Everything” the wicked say is crooked and their actions are “never good.”  In other words, they are a contrasting fountain of stuff that leads to death compared to God’s spring of life.

Jesus said that it’s out of the overflow of our heart that our words and actions spring. Today, I’m thinking about my words, my thoughts, and my actions. Do they  bubble up from an inner spring of Life, or do they emanate from a deathly emptiness of the soul?

One thought on “Chapter-a-Day Psalm 36”

  1. 4 They lie awake at night, hatching sinful plots.
    Their actions are never good.
    They make no attempt to turn from evil.
    There are times where Christians question their salvation or wonder how they can KNOW their salvation. A marked Bible seminar many years ago gave me some clarity, but this verse gives us another litmus test. Do you and I attempt to turn from evil? If not, this passage lumps you and I in with the wicked.

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