Christ is calling
At the cross of living waters
Lay your life down
All the old gone
Rise up in these living waters
Our lives are a rhythm of need and nourishment. Even a rhythm of danger and deliverance. We read Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4:14, this is what we read: “…whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never thirst – ever; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”
God is a mountain spring, not a watering trough. A mountain spring is self-replenishing, constantly overflowing and supplying others. If you want to glorify the worth of a watering trough, you work hard to keep it full and useful. But if you want to glorify the worth of a spring, you do it by getting down on your hands and knees and drinking to your heart’s satisfaction, until you have the refreshment and strength to go back down in the valley and tell the people what you’ve found.
The Scriptures declare to us that God is the kind of God who will be pleased with the one thing I have to offer: my thirst. And He is pleased not by those who treat him as a needy watering trough, but as an inexhaustible, all-satisfying spring.
The Gettys write,
The Lord Jesus came to give us life and life in all its fullness. This song is an invitation to us and to our children, to come and be filled and healed, and to walk in life and freedom. It is a privilege for us to sing with our families, as we pass our faith on to the next generation. Our primary mission field is our three daughters!
There is a simplicity to these thoughts echoed in the song Living Waters that inspires achy hearts, quenches thirsty souls, and guides us again to the source of life. There’s also a wonderful connecting point in the third verse to parents, who are instructed to “Lead your children to the shore line, Life is in these living waters.”
Finally, in the chorus, we see an emphasis on future satisfaction in the presence of the Lamb,
“On the banks, both sides of the river, there’ll grow all kinds of trees for food. Leaves won’t wither, nor fruit fail, they will bear fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.”Ezekiel 47:12
“Then he showed me a river of the water of life, bright as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb,2 in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.“Revelation 22:2