Established by God (6)
Opening Prayer: Psalm 87.7
Both the singers and the players on instruments say,
“All my springs are in you.”
Sing Psalm 87.6, 7
(St. Anne: Our God, Our Help in Ages Past)
The Lord will count and tally all in Jesus born again;
Then let them sing, who on Him call, “We joy in God, Amen!”
Read Psalm 87, meditate on verse 7
1. What goes before the Lord when He comes in revival?
2. Where do the revived people walk?
The word translated “springs” can mean either “spring of water” or “looking”, as with the eye. The root for “eye” and “spring” are the same word in Hebrew. It’s possible the sons of Korah were being deliberately vague here, if not, in fact, trying to hold two meanings together in one word.
We remember (from the superscription) that this psalm was written as a song. It was meant to be sung, accompanied by various instruments. The people who heard it sung did not have printed music before them. They had to listen carefully. Some would have heard (as Calvin explains), “All my looking is upon You!” This understanding anticipates what Paul wrote, when he instructed us to set our minds on Christ, seated in glory (Col. 3.1-3).
Others would have heard (Henry, Radmacher), “All my springs are in You!” Thus they would have declared that all their vitality, life, and happiness are from dwelling with the Lord (cf. Pss. 1, 46.4; Jn. 7.37-39).
But what if the sons of Korah wanted us to hear both meanings? Perhaps at the same time, perhaps at different times, according to where our hearts and minds were on any occasion? As we learned and sang this song ourselves, or as we prayed it, we might interpret this last line of the psalm, “Lord, I only have eyes for You, for You are the Source of all my life and joy!”
And that would just about get it. In God’s Presence, meditating on His beauty (Ps. 27.4), is fullness of joy; at His right hand, where we have been seated with Christ in heavenly places (Eph. 2.6), are holy pleasures forevermore.
Look up. Live large. It’s all Jesus.
Treasure Old and New: Matthew 13.52; Psalm 119.162
“All my springs are in You” (Ps. 87.7).
All of our lives depend upon the Living Water of Jesus.
We will as surely die of thirst without Him, as we will without drinking water.
Upon the earthly arrival of Jesus, foretold by the prophet Isaiah, things of healing and life began to happen:
“Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
Then the lame shall leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the dumb sing.
For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert.
The parched ground shall become a pool,
and the thirsty land springs of water…” (Is. 35.5-7).
“Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters…” (Is. 55.1).
Jesus said of Himself:
“If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you,
‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked of Him, and
He would have given you living water” (Jn. 4.10).
Then Jesus describes how the Holy Spirit will affect this life through those of us who believe:
“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said,
out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (Jn. 7.37, 38).
“But this He spoke concerning the Spirit whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified” (Jn.7. 39).
In the same amazing way that Jesus is the Light of the world (Jn. 8. 12), but He tells us that we, too, are the light of the world (Matt. 5. 14), He is the Water of Life (Jn. 4.10), but we have been given the opportunity
to have rivers of water flowing from us. (Jn. 7.38)
We have been given a lot, but a lot is required of us (Lk. 12.48).
All our life is filled with Jesus.
Our very sustenance and survival are in Him.
And our cup overflows with His goodness (Ps. 23.5).
Will the overflow flood to others?
1. How does Jesus refresh your soul? When your soul is refreshed, what does this make you want to do?
2. Why is “living water” a good way of thinking about our lives in Christ?
3. What can you do so that more of your “looking” looks to Jesus?
Zion’s songs shall be sung with joy and triumph. The springs of the joy of a carnal worldliness are in wealth and pleasure; but of a gracious soul, in the word of God and prayer. All grace and consolation are derived from Christ, through his ordinances, to the souls of believers. Matthew Henry (1662-1714, Commentary on the Psalm 87.7
Closing Prayer: Psalm 87.3-5
Set your mind on Jesus, exalted in glory. See Him, with the eye of your heart (Eph. 1.15ff), radiant in beauty, welcoming your gaze and your praise. Call on Him to be Living Water in you today.
Sing Psalm 87.3-5
(St. Anne: Our God, Our Help in Ages Past)
For glorious things are spoken of the City of our God;
the nations know His matchless love wher’er His feet have trod.
From south and north, from east and west they come, called by His grace;
thus Zion stands, full strong and blessed, before the Savior’s face.
T. M. and Susie Moore
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