A week or so ago someone in a meeting had a vision of a new river coming from heaven, with a supply that was going to be just what we needed in our church and at this time. So far, I have seen God doing new things, including two commitments to Christ in our church outreach in two consecutive weeks.
This morning I was enjoying ‘Glorious things of thee are spoken’, the classic John Newton hymn. ‘Who can shake thy sure repose?’ We have a rest in God that is utterly incredible and totally imperturbable. Within our bellies and our spirits, we can know a calmness and a sureness that is not ruffled by anything. This morning I prayed that whatever happens at work in the rest of the week, I would not be turned in my spirit to the right or the left. It’s so easy to let words that fly around in the air knock us off course. It’s because we do not live in that rest for enough hours in the day. The last line of that stanza says: ‘With salvation’s walls surrounded, thou may’st smile at all thy foes.’ That smile is not a sneer or a chortle, but it’s a smile of shalom. It’s the greeting that is the opposite of war. Warfare is irrelevant when we are resting in Him. His foes are a drop in the bucket. They disappear down a crack in the pavement. It’s like Lucy appearing at the end of a bridge, facing an entire army, with a tiny dagger. Why is the army cowering and petrified? Because behind her stands a majestic lion, Aslan, mouth open in the roar of authority and power.
I’m not sure which is the best verse of ‘Glorious things’. The second verse:
See the streams of living waters,
springing from eternal love,
well supply thy sons and daughters
and all fear of want remove:
who can faint, while such a river
ever flows their thirst to assuage?
Grace which, like the Lord, the giver,
never fails from age to age.
The stream of living water gives a thorough, a plentiful and a constant supply. Are you dry today? Just dip in the streams of water. Are you moving out in God and looking for His provision. Get a little deeper into that water. It’s funny, living in Britain, so used to rain, so few of us are prepared to actually get wet! It says in Isaiah that He will be with us both in the flood and in the flame. This verse reminds me of another song ‘There is always something over” which has the superb quatrain in the final stanza: “There is always something over when we share in all his love / Unplumbed depths still lie beneath us, unscaled heights rise far above”. But the final verse of ‘Glorious things’, of course, is perhaps the most definitive:
Saviour, if of Zion’s city
I, through grace, a member am,
Let the world deride or pity
I will glory in Thy name:
fading is the worldling’s pleasure,
all his boasted pomp and show;
solid joys and lasting treasure
none but Zion’s children know.
We are the ones who have tasted Jesus, and we know that He is good. ‘Give me this living water’, as the Samaritan woman said to Jesus, ‘That I may never need to come here to draw again’. Let us draw up from the wells of salvation, because there is a plentiful supply. Let us bathe in the streams coming from the throne of God. There is an explosion of joy around the throne of God, and a thrilling shout at the mention of His name. His Shekinah glory blazes unveiled and unguarded, where all that is wicked and sinful and rebellious has been burnt up and done away with. Be perfect, as He is perfect, and you will see Him as He is. Nothing will compare to that sight.