Saturday, February 13, 2010

Source of Living Waters

Are you thirsting for some refreshment this chilly February morning? If so, come along on a delightful jaunt to the Fountain of Life...our Source of Living Waters. From Genesis to Revelations, God calls us to drink of His pure life-giving water. The message is clear: God, the giver of life, is the sustainer of life. Our thirst for vitality, for lives of significance, will be satiated only when we come to Him. Let's drink from a spring found in Psalms 36:5-9:

Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast. How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

God's love, faithfulness, glory and justice are the depths we are called to enjoy. Plumbing those depths provides us with incredible riches. We discover the precious commodities of refuge: peace and security. We are invited to feast upon His riches and drink of His pleasures. The word used for pleasures in Hebrew is 'Eden.' We are invited to enjoy Paradise! Truly, the life God longs to give us is 'exceedingly abundantly' greater than we can conceive. It grieves the Father to see man write his life in the dust as it is described in Jeremiah 17:13; yet we do it so often. We 'write' our lives in the stuff of the world and like dust it will blow away. We are the heritage of God; He wants us to be fruitful trees with our roots in Him.

Just like the trees in our yards whose roots are deep below the frigid snow, our roots need to be deep in the love of God. All around us, tree roots are busy about their work even in this dreary, cold season. Soon leaves will spring forth; the results of the roots' hidden work will be revealed in vibrant life. Our lives are to be the same. The soil, the source, of the roots of our lives is critical. Only roots established in Jesus produce life. Let us heed His call to come unto Him (Isaiah 55:1); to draw upon His provisions with joy (Isaiah 12:3); and to so live in faith in Christ that His life flows out of us (John 7:38). Not only will we be refreshed and vibrantly alive; we will bring life to others.

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