Drink to be Gladdened

New JerusalemThe river in the garden of Eden reappears in many verses through the Bible to be consummated in the river of water of life in New Jerusalem (Revelation 22:1-2). Psalm 46:4a says “There is a river whose streams gladden the city of God.”

When we drink of the river, we have the gladness of God. This river today is the Spirit, as in John 7:37-39: “…Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes into Me, as the Scripture said, out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water. But this He said concerning the Spirit…”

In John 7 the Lord did not tell us that the water we drink will be in us. Rather, He told us that the water we drink will flow out of us. This flow is both to other believers and as the gospel to unbelievers.

To drink the river and experience its flowing requires each of us individually to cooperate. Some verses that speak about this cooperation are here. On the other hand, to experience the flowing we need to flow to others and let others flow to us. This mutual flowing in our living is our dwelling in “the city of God” in Psalm 46. Eventually we will dwell in and have the richest flowing in New Jerusalem.

Photo by Louise Kane, courtesy of U.S. NOAA Restoration Center, Florida.

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  1. Amen! To see the river flowing for God’s people to drink and be gladdened – all the way from Genesis, through the Psalms, Jeremiah, John, 1 Cor. 12, and all the way to Rev 22 – wow! Lord, keep us drinking!


  2. The river flows through the Bible from the garden to the city. And we should let it flow through our Christian life. It’s good we can pray, Lord, keep us drinking!


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