The river of God is full of water [Psalm 65:9].

I love a majestic, flowing river. Cascading waterfalls and misting showers intensify as it powers its way down current. But a much as I enjoy their thrilling power and soothing beauty, I’ve come to realize earthly rivers cannot compare to the river of God.

The Psalmist, David, said the river of God is full of water. It is never dry, can never be dammed up or diverted, and is not affected by drought. Its water flows at His discretion and according to His purpose. In it is fullness, abundance, satisfaction, and fulfillment. Each day, I:

  • Swim in its reservoir of grace
  • Plunge in its waves of forgiveness
  • Float on its currents of love
  • Bathe in its ripples of mercy
  • Rest in its chilling peace
  • Drink from its refreshing flow

Jesus is the Living Water. He is the fountain that springs up into everlasting life in whoever believes on Him. The Holy Spirit flows out of every believers’ heart like rivers of living water. As I drink freely and fully from God’s river, it infuses me with its refreshing, everlasting life. As such, I become a conduit of His likeness flowing in and through me. At my best, I share His river with others. While at my worst, I cannot dam or divert it. Refusing its moisture or wandering from its oasis parches, withers, and wearies me.

Future Refreshment

John the Revelator saw a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. This heavenly throne is the fountain head of God’s magnificent, life-giving river. It always flows from Him to us, never from us to Him. God’s Word encourages us to drink freely and fully from this heavenly wellspring.

When our spirits wither from the dry, scorching winds of life’s adversity, spiritual oppression, and sin’s wilderness, God’s river is our refreshing restoration. God promises to pour water on him who is thirsty and floods on the dry ground. Only His river can quench our deepest and driest thirst. His water alone can heal and restore.

Are you thirsty? Is your life barren and dry? The invitation stands. “Let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17). God’s abundant, ever-flowing river awaits your refreshing plunge.

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