I was amazed a few days ago when I read Psalm 36:9 which reads
“For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.”
It is an awesome verse but even more so when you see it in it’s entire context. Verses 5 & 6 are the lyrics to a very popular praise chorus and say ,“Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep.”
Verse 9 lists just a few of the benefits of living in a life that embraces the Love of God and enjoying the wisdom that his love and a relationship with God brings. I am amazed at verse 9 because of its declarative nature concerning light.
“..in your light do we see light”. In other words, without you Lord we wouldn’t know what light is! He is the definer of light!
Acts 17:8 says that “in Him we live and move and have our being…” Life originates, continues and reaches it’s fulfillment only through God.
Over and over the scriptures give us this picture that everything good and everything perfect comes from Him. (James 1:17) Everything that has merit and goodness in it is defined, created, and originates in God. Without him there is only death. Death to beauty, wonder, joy, and love. Death to every good thing with only emptiness, hurt, pain, sickness, loss, and fear remaining.
The absolute reality of this truth is that through rejection of the things of God, life becomes grey and empty because it’s only through him that these things exist.
Mankind doesn’t just need God in a religious sense, we must have him to survive.
Even those who reject God still live in a world that benefits from his involvement and care. Should God be completely removed we could no more exist than we could on the moon void of oxygen. We were created with the absolute need for his presence. It is the completeness of his presence that makes heaven and the absence of it that makes hell. People reject God to the loss of the best that this life holds and find in him all things good.