Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Living Water

Have you ever been physically thirsty, really thirsty? Your mouth is parched, your tongue sticks to the roof of your dry mouth, and your lips are painfully chapped. Nothing holds your attention but the thought of water. WATER - it’s your heart’s desire!

Have you ever been spiritually thirsty, really thirsty for the Lord? Your mind is fatigued because you’re constantly striving to “get-ahead” at work. Your body is worn-out from all your good works at church. Or maybe you’re seeking satisfaction in all the wrong places. Does your heart desire more?

Picture yourself in a dry and burnt-out land. Before you lies a myriad of rocky cliffs surrounded by sandy dirt. There is no vegetation because there is no water, yet the only thing you think about is water.

Now picture yourself in a land of plenty. Green lush meadows encircle you as you stand at the doorfront of your manor house. Running water is readily available. You lack nothing, but you thirst for something. What does your soul search for? The psalmist (David) says:

As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
My tears have been my food
day and night,
while men say to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”
Psalm 42:1-3 (NIV)
As you read those Scripture verses, can you feel David’s thirst? Does he speak for you? Have you been searching for “living waters”?
Those “living waters” can be found in Jesus Christ. Hear what He says in John 7:37-38 (NKJV). On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “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.”
The above mentioned feast is the Feast of Tabernacles or Booths. Annually the Israelites celebrated this feast in remembrance of God’s provision for 40 years in the wilderness and for the yearly completion of their fall harvest. It marked the beginning of the winter rainy season and the Israelites observed the festival by praying for rain. The high priest and worshipers processed to the Pool of Siloam to gather water while another group of worshipers gathered willows of the brook from a place called Motza. Some of the willows were drooped over the altar and the water was poured over the palm branches as an offering to the Lord. The Levites sang the words from Psalms 113-118, marching around the altar and waving their branches, while the congregation waved their palm branches toward the altar singing Psalm 118:25--”Save now, I pray, O LORD; O LORD, I pray, send now prosperity.”
Psalm 118 is a messianic psalm and it gave the feast a messianic emphasis. Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem (John 12:12-13) was greeted with palm branches and ‘Hosannas’ (Hebrew for “save now” in Ps. 118:25). The people that saw Jesus enter Jerusalem on a donkey knew that there was something special about Him. They remembered their celebrations of the Feast of Tabernacles and used the same imagery of worship with palm branches as they humbly adored Jesus. They recognized Jesus as their answer to prayers for rain and abundance.
Back in John 7, Jesus is preaching in the Temple to the Jews. The Pharisees questioned Jesus’ authority and desired to trap and kill Him, but His time had not yet come. Jesus declares that He comes from the Father and that whoever believes in Him will not thirst. He says that living waters will flow from the inner being of a believer in Him, the Christ. There were some Jews who quenched their thirst by believing in Jesus the Christ, while others walked away parched.
Jesus quenches our thirst. He is “living water.” He is whom we seek, our heart’s desire. He can save us now. Do you believe in Him? If so, Jesus says living waters will flood your soul and flow from your innermost being. Raise your palm branches and praise His holy name with the psalmist:
O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly;
My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You,
In a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.
Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips will praise You.
So I will bless You as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth offers praises with joyful lips.
When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches,
For You have been my help,
And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.
My soul clings to You;
Your right hand upholds me. Psalm 63:1-8 (NASB)
We praise you, Christ Jesus, for satisfying our thirst. As your waters flow into us, may we pour into others so that all can see your glory. Hosanna! AMEN!


  1. Wonderfully encouraging post! I have been parched but the living water is beginning to flow once again....and with it renewed joy of my salvation! Glory to God!