I hope you’re staying safe and hope-filled in this period. What I’m about to share today is a never-before-experienced understanding that I gained from Bible Study time this week, precisely on Wednesday. This is a chapter of the Bible that I have read countless times in the past, but I just never saw it in this light until now.
I am talking bout Psalm 46. If you will, please open Psalm 46 with me as you read this post. You can do that with a physical copy of the Bible, on your Bible app, or just by googling it. From verses 1-3, we are assured that God is our refuge and strength, and that’s so comforting especially in times like this. However, I’m going to dwell on verses 4-5.
In verse 4, it says, “a river brings joy to the city of our God, the sacred home of the Most High” and in verse 5, it says, “God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed. From the very break of day, God will protect it” (NLT). In the past, I think I usually held on to verse 5, without paying much attention to verse 4. On Wednesday, I stopped and asked myself, “What river?” Considering the different situations in today’s society, I really wanted to know what kind of river brings joy to God’s city. Was it prayer? Was it praise? What exactly is the river?
Follow me closely. I started to search scriptures and read commentaries, and here’s what I found: In Jeremiah 2:13, we see God speaking through Jeremiah. He says, “For my people have done two evil things: they have abandoned me – the fountain of living water. And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all” (NLT). So, God refers to himself as the fountain of living water. Hold that thought and let’s look at another part of the Bible.
In Zechariah 13:1, the Bible foreshadows the coming of Christ by saying, “on that day, a fountain will be opened for the dynasty of David and for the people of Jerusalem, a fountain to cleanse them from all their sins and impurity” (NLT). So, we see Jesus being referred to as a fountain. Again, hold that thought while we look at three more verses.
In John 7:38 – 39, Jesus makes a promise about the Holy Spirit for all who believe in Him. He says, “37 Then on the most important day of the feast, the last day, Jesus stood and shouted out to the crowds — All you thirsty ones, come to me! Come to me and drink! 38 Believe in me so that rivers of living water will burst out from within you, flowing from your innermost being, just like the Scripture says!” 39 Jesus was prophesying about the Holy Spirit that believers were being prepared to receive. But the Holy Spirit had not yet been poured out upon them, because Jesus had not yet been unveiled in his full splendor.” (TPT) This verses tell us that the Holy Spirit, whose dispensation we are in right now, is called rivers of living water.
So, back to our question: what is this river? The answer is: God is the river. God the Father is the river, God the Son is the river, and God the Spirit is the river! Let’s look closely at Psalm 46:4 now “a river brings joy to the city of our God, the sacred home of the Most High” The city being referred to here is Zion, and as believers, we already know that we are the city of God – individually and as a body (See 1 Corinthians 6:19). So, you can say based on your understanding now, “God the Father, Son, and Spirit brings joy to me, the sacred home of the Most High” and for verse 5, you can say, “”God dwells in me; I cannot be destroyed. From the very break of day, God will protect me.”
Remember Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well? Jesus said to her in verses 13-14, “13 ‘If you drink from Jacob’s well you’ll be thirsty again and again, 14 but if anyone drinks the living water I give them, they will never thirst again and will be forever satisfied! For when you drink the water I give you it becomes a gushing fountain of the Holy Spirit, springing up and flooding you with endless life!‘”
I was jumping for joy when I saw all of this. Even now as I type this, I am elated. Here’s what I wrote in my Bible Study journal: “This peace, joy, security etc. are not outside of me; they are inside me!!!” So, as believers, we have the river of joy on our inside – God himself has made us his habitation, the only one who is our refuge and strength dwells inside everyone of us. Of course, we cannot be destroyed!
Have a wonderful weekend and amazing weeks ahead. I pray that the peace of God stays with you and that all things work together for your good! You are already an overcomer. Stay prayed up and keep hope alive.
With Overflowing Love,