Draw Water with Rejoicing

New JerusalemRecent posts present many verses about the river of water of life in the Old Testament. These verses speak about the flow of living water. Another is Psalm 65:9a—“You visit the earth and water it; You enrich it greatly: The river of God is full of water.”

Isaiah 12:2-4 says, “ God is now my salvation; I will trust and not dread; for Jah Jehovah is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation. Therefore you will draw water with rejoicing from the springs of salvation, and you will say in that day, Give thanks to Jehovah; call upon His name! Make His deeds known among the peoples; remind them that His name is exalted.”

Here we draw water rather than merely drinking of a river that flows to us. This indicates the need of our cooperation. Sometimes the river of God comes to us so easily; other times we have to exercise, even repeatedly, to draw water for a drink.

Exercise on our part is necessary, but this exercise is neither difficult nor exhausting. Yes, we need to “draw water,” but look at the surrounding words: the Lord is our trust, strength, song, and salvation; we are rejoicing, giving thanks, calling on His name, making His deeds known, and exalting His name.

Our five actions in the prior sentence are how we “draw water.” We rejoice, praising the Lord. We give thanks to Him. We call upon His name—O Lord Jesus, or O Lord, my Salvation or O Lord, my ____ (fill in any characteristic or title of His). And we speak about Him to other people, making His deeds and name known.

Eagerly expect the river of water of life in New Jerusalem but don’t wait—draw water now!

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

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