Words of life | The River of God

Words of life | The River of God

Psalm 46:4-5 (ESV)

“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.”


Psalm 46 paints us a picture of contrasts: on the one hand there is tumult, chaos, destruction, the collapsing of things that seem lasting and permanent. On the other hand, we see security, steadfastness, strength and safety.
Verses 4-5 speak about the river of God that is abundant, unshakeable and present. Throughout Scripture, the imagery of a river of God speaks of abundance of life, of provision, of joy and gladness. His Holy Spirit is a river that overflows with living water, coming from within those who believe (John 7:38-39). With this river inside of us, we can be glad and rejoice, we shall not be moved, we have hope for the morning. “Though the earth gives way”, though life as we knew it seems to crumble around us, “we will not fear” (v2). Let’s invite the river of God’s Spirit to flow through us and bring His everlasting joy.

Prayer outline:

Take time to invite Holy Spirit to fill you (again). God’s Spirit is a gift to us and He longs to give us His good gifts. Receive His Holy Spirit today as your comforter, companion and constant source of joy.

Holy Spirit, come and breathe new life into us today. Stir up the rivers of living waters in our hearts to sustain us and to bring us Your joy in this time of uncertainty. Fill us afresh today. Amen.

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