River Of Life


The Lord spoke to Moses, “Gather the people and I will give them water.”

~Numbers 21:16, NET


There is nothing that pleases the LORD so much as praise!

~Charles Cowman

It truly amazes me how much others see in scripture that I have never seen until I read their commentary. I read the entire book of Numbers two weeks ago and I missed one of the most inspiring stories in the Bible. It was there and I read over it. The LORD spoke to Moses, He said, “Gather the Israelites together–huddle up with the leaders and take your staffs and scepters and start digging but sing as you dig and I am going to give you water.” This is exactly what they did: they began singing and digging. They sang, “Spring up, O well.” The modern version of this song is–

I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me
Makes the lame to walk and the blind to see,
Opens prison doors, sets the captives free.
I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me.
Spring up, O well, within my soul.
Spring up, O well, and make me whole
Spring up, O well, and give to me
That life abundantly.

There are several inspiring thoughts about this fantastic story. First of all there is Moses faith. Let’s face it, they are in the wilderness where there is no visible water and God tells Moses to start digging and singing as they dig. You have to admit, that took some faith. Then there is the fact that the water was there all the time but it was below the surface of the ground. It was there but they could not see it and it took some faith and action to uncover it. The third thing of significance is that they praise God for the water long before they see the water. I wonder if Moses told them: “Don’t start with your complaining. I want you to dig and to sing as you did.” You can’t praise God in song and complain to Him at the same time. I wonder what would happen if we did more singing and less complaining!

There is an underground stream that flows throughout the scriptures. That River of Life that flows beneath the surface is Jesus. He is in every passage but sometime you have to dig. May the blessed Holy Spirit open our eyes and give us insight.

 Big Mama is loading the truck as I speak: Lord willing we will be on the road in a few minutes. I hope you have a great weekend and I hope we get some rain while we are gone. See you on Monday.

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