Throughout the Bible, the image of water is repeatedly used to refer to life- the life within as animated by the Holy Spirit, the living movement of the human soul, the flow of life as moves forward. In John 7, Jesus spoke of “living water” during the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem 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.” By this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believe in Him would receive.” (John 7:37-39)
The words of Jesus were a fulfillment of Isaiah 12:2-3 which says, “Certainly God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid; 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.”
We all experience seasons of “drought” or dryness or even a full-blown wilderness in our walk with the Lord, where we can’t find the strength or energy to keep moving. Sometimes it is because we failed to maintain our passion through a regular “water” and “feeding” in our faith and other times it can be as simple as the issues of life bearing down until we lose our strength. 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! However, in Isaiah 12, Jesus was called the “well of salvation” and thousands of years later, He called Himself “living water”. That means that you have something to draw upon when you need it- Jesus Christ!
In the desert of Moab, when the Lord provided water for the Israelites and they cried out, “Spring up, O well and sing to it…” (Num. 21:17) Your worship of your Lord, Jesus Christ, will keep your spirit from growing dehydrated, but even more than that– you can draw “out of the wells of salvation”. How? Here’s what Isaiah said:
You have as much access to the power and the presence of God as anyone else on earth does. There is not “more” of God to be had. He gave it all to you.
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 – We all try to work through life on our own power before falling before the Lord for help. Let’s fall first, then get to work. That way, His presence will do the heavy lifting and you won’t grow weary. He promised. (Isaiah 40:31)
4. The Lord is my song – “With joy” the Lord promised you would “draw from the wells of salvation”. Worship, which is ministry to the Lord (Psalm 50:14, 23), opens the gates to His dwelling place, and there is “fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11) where He is. This is not a statement of faith or hope, but one of action and responsibility. “Spring up, o well, and sing to it!”
Thought for today
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. Worship is a point of intimate connection in the “secret place” and if you don’t make it part of your lifestyle, you’ll find that the “wells” start to feel like they’re drying up. Remember, you have as much access to the power and the presence of God as anyone else on earth does. There is not “more” of God to be had. He gave it all to you, through His Son, Jesus- the One whom you love! “Restore to me the joy of my salvation!” (Psalm 51:12) David cried. Start there and if that is your sure foundation, you will not be moved.