All My Springs

Singers and dancers alike say,
    ‘All my springs are in you.’” Psalm 87:7

“The people thirsted there for water, and… grumbled against Moses and said, ‘Why did you bring us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?’ So Moses cried to the Lord, ‘What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.’ And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Pass on before the people,.. and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb, and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people will drink.’ And Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel.” Exodus 17:3-6

“The Lord will open to you his good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands.” Deuteronomy 28:12

 And [Samson] was very thirsty, and he called upon the Lord and said, ‘You have granted this great salvation by the hand of your servant, and shall I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?’ And God split open the hollow place that is at Lehi, and water came out from it. And when he drank, his spirit returned, and he revived.” Judges 15:18-19

“Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14

Springs are a lush, pure source of life, bottomless bubbling water to all who come and partake. Some translate “springs” as “fountains,” giving a vivid picture of the ever-flowing, never-ceasing sufficiency of Christ available to all. Do we avail ourselves of this effusive satisfaction for our souls, His lavish ‘enough’ that sates every longing, His extravagant love that redeems, and His fulsome power that sanctifies?

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In answer to both request and unspoken need, it is God who splits the impossible to cause His glory to gush and fulfill His purposes for us. He who rules His kingdom on earth is indeed the fount of every blessing here. Whether we languish in a drought of passion or hope, or from opposition without or within, our Lord supplies springs that cleanse, soothe, and quench. (Ephesians 1:3Philippians 4:19)

Where do we go when the world’s grumbling gets loud, and life’s going gets hard? Is Jesus our Source? When do we come to Him for restoring and revival– only when depleted, or each new day? And once our thirst is slaked, what is our response? We should not be able to help but laugh in delight, well up in song, overflow with praise to the Fount of Living Water, and keep coming gratefully, expectantly, back for more. (John 7:38-39)

“Come, thou Fount of every blessing,
tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing,
call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount I’m fixed upon it
mount of God’s redeeming love.”  ~Robert Robinson (1758)

Spring up, O well, my Spring of living water, in and through me! (Numbers 21:17)

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