Every believer experiences season of spiritual “drought” or dryness or even a full-blown wilderness at times where the strength or energy to keep moving is fading. But God has provided for your soul’s renewal, revival and refreshment at the well of salvation through Jesus Christ so you don’t have to succumb in weakness, but can rise up in victory!
When you are in a weakened condition spiritually, emotionally or even physically, the enemy closes in like any predator would do and if that is you right now, don’t let your guard down because, “Your enemy, the devil, is like a roaring lion, sneaking around to find someone to attack.” (1 Peter 5:8 CEV)
Where is the “Well of Salvation”?
Isaiah 12:2-3, Isaiah spoke a prophetic hymn of thanksgiving to the Lord that God’s people would one day sing, “…for the Lord God is my strength and my song; He also has become my salvation. Therefore with joy you shall draw water out of the wells of salvation….”
At the time when this was written, the Messiah had not come and God’s people were a spiritual wilderness, stuck in a cycle of suffering for their sinful choice to depart from God and His holiness. Yet the Lord sent a word through Isaiah that He would send a Redeemer who would bring eternal salvation from a spiritual well that would never run dry.
The “wells of salvation” the Lord spoke of are the only place you can go to find a never-ending supply of restoration, refreshment and hope for your spirit and soul: Jesus Christ. He is the “well of salvation”!
In John 7, Jesus affirmed that it was He of whom Isaiah spoke saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:37-39 MEV)
But do you know how to access the Living Water when it feels like your own ‘well’ has dried up?
5 Ways the Wells of Salvation Will Refresh Your Tired Soul
1. Certainly God is my salvation – At the very least, when everything else is hard, go back to the beginning, your salvation through Jesus Christ. Recall what He did for you. Take time to quiet yourself and pray, thanking Him for what He has done.
2. I will trust and not be afraid – This statement of faith is not about proof or experience. It is the assurance of what you know, but cannot prove. Your life is the proof. When it gets hard, that’s when you have the opportunity to see real change. Keep going.
3. The Lord is my strength – Everyone tries to work through life on their own power before falling before the Lord for help. Let the Lord be your strength? How do you do that? WORSHIP. The presence of the Lord inhabits your praise. (Psalm 22:3) You’re not strong enough, but God is. Worship helps you release control and give it to Him. He promised He’d take care of it, if you’d let it go. (Isaiah 40:31)
4. The Lord is my song – “With joy” the Lord promised you would “draw from the wells of salvation”. How do you get JOY when all you see is SADNESS? Minister to the Lord. (Psalm 50:14, 23) Worship opens the gates to His dwelling place, and there is “fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11) where He is.
In the desert of Moab, the Lord provided water for the Israelites and they cried out, “Spring up, O well and sing to it…” (Num. 21:17) because their worship and praise was a grateful response to His care for them. The Living Water within you hasn’t dried up, but if your soul is exhausted, don’t seek more of God – give Him more of yourself.
…if your soul is exhausted, don’t seek to get more of God – give Him more of yourself.”~Alicia Purdy
This is not a statement of faith or hope, but one of spiritual discipline, action and responsibility. “Spring up, o well, and sing to it!”
5. “He has become my salvation…” In Psalm 42, the Psalmist wrote that his need for God’s help was “as the deer pants for water” as the enemy pursued him, but even so he commanded his inner soul to remain fixed on the Lord saying, “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted in me? Hope in God, for I will yet thank Him for the help of His presence…” (Psalm 42:5)
The process of turning your tired soul over to the Living Water that flows within you through the Holy Spirit is a process, a lifestyle of worship, the Word and warfare in prayer, not a single moment in time. You’re not exhausted even though that’s what you feel. Move in FAITH. Don’t let the enemy exhaust you. WORSHIP and let the Lord keep your soul alive.
Thought for today: The Well of Salvation Never Runs Dry
Remember, you have as much access to the power and the presence of God as anyone else on earth does. You have a standing invitation into His presence. Don’t wait until you’re dry to drink from the wells of salvation!
Just like drinking water is part of your daily life, worship should be too, so you don’t become spiritually dry. Dehydration of the physical body – using up more water than your body is taking in – can lead to many complications. It’s the same with your spirit! Your worship of your Lord, Jesus Christ, will keep your spirit from growing dehydrated.
The ups and downs of life ebb and flow and that is why believers walk in faith in Jesus Christ the Rock of Salvation that cannot be moved because He does not change (Hebrews 13:8) and you can rely on that when you struggle to find secure footing.
But you must worship. You must know Him through His Word. You must push past your dry flesh and dip deep into the well within you.
“Restore to me the joy of my salvation!” (Psalm 51:12) David cried. Why? Because he felt distance between himself and the Lord, and he needed the spiritual refreshment from the wells of salvation, so he got into worship and found refreshment for his tired soul.
Worship cannot just be a Sunday thing, or mid-week or a Bible study activity or what you do when you’re driving in the car to work. If that’s all you’re doing, when life turns up the heat, you’ll dehydrate spiritually and dry up!
Worship is a lifestyle of intentional intimacy, first and foremost. Start right now and don’t stop. You are not “enough” – but Jesus is. He is the Living Water in you, the well of salvation the Lord promised, and God always keeps His promises.
Related Bible Studies to Keep Your Spirit Strong:
- “What is PRAISE? 7 Hebrew Words + 1 Living Sacrifice”
- “The Soul Cries Out as the Deer Pants for Water”
- “The Secret Place and the Hidden Benefits of Praise”
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