They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house,
And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures. (Ps. 36:8)
Those who know the Lovingkindness of the Lord shelter under the shadow of His wings. And there the Lord gives them food and drink. Not simply a snack to keep them going for a while, but a satisfying banquet of delights which come from the Lord Himself. He feeds them with the fullness of His house.
But what is the fullness of His house? For the Lord God is not like the gods of the heathen nations who surrounded Israel. Those gods had physical houses upon the earth – their temples – where their devotees brought them food to eat. But our God does just the opposite. Instead of demanding that we feed Him, He feeds us. And not with a stock that’s built up in a cupboard in the temple, because people have brought it along. No! He feeds us, not from an earthly house, but from the true House of God: the true Temple, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself (John 2:21; cf. Col. 2:9).
As we come to this Table, we receive from the Lord ‘true food’ and ‘true drink’ (John 6:55). Not the leftovers He doesn’t want, or the stale stocks in the temple larder, but the food by which we taste the life eternal (John 6:53-54, 57-58). This is the only food which can satisfy us abundantly for all eternity: the food that is the Lord Christ Himself, the Living Bread of Heaven.
This satisfying food from the house of the Lord is food which comes from His fullness. It’s from the fullness of the Incarnate God we receive ‘grace for grace’ (John 1:16), and His eternal purpose is that we ‘may be filled with all the fullness of God’ (Eph. 3:19; cf. Eph. 4:10, 13). As the Lord feeds us now along our earthly pilgrimage from His fullness, He is fulfilling His eternal purpose in us, His redeemed and well-beloved sons and daughters by adoption and grace.
The Lord alone can abundantly satisfy our hunger. And He invites us to come and feast upon His fullness at the Table. Come and eat, and know the satisfaction and filling that comes from Him alone.