Gospel News · May - August 2018

The River of Living Water
| Bro Alfred Wanyonyi (Luuya, Kenya)
ey verse: Psalm 46:4 “There is a river the
streams of which make the city of God
glad – the holy place of the tabernacle of the
Most High.” The three Korah Psalms are
thought to refer to Sennacherib’s attack on
Jerusalem when they obtained water from
Hezekiah’s tunnel; this has a greater latter day
These are in the future, as Ezekiel saw in vi-
sion, a literal river of water flowing from the
Temple through the desert to the Dead Sea,
bringing healing and life wherever it went. So
the new Jerusalem has its river of life that
produces fruits to the glory of Yahweh. That is
the basis of the figure now before us here, ap-
plied to symbolic new Jerusalem (II Chron.
6:6; Psalm 48:1, Isa. 60:14, Heb. 12:22).
Christ is the altar (Heb.13:10) and from Him
will proceed the doctrine of life represented
as the stream of living water (John 4:14, 37-
39). This will fructify the aridness of men’s
minds and will heal the Dead Sea of Nations
(Isa. 57:20-21).
The water of the streams mentioned in Psalms
is unpolluted and health-giving, because v.9
says, “He makes war to cease to the end of
the earth, He breaks bows, shatters the
spears, He burns the chariot in the fire,”
meaning that this will be in the future King-
dom when Christ reigns on Mount Zion, and
with His redeemed in glory. Let us put our-
selves in remembrance of these promises as
we are waiting for the return of our Lord Jesus
| Bro G Growcott
e must earnestly desire God’s personal
companionship. We must not be content
or happy without it. It must be a constant
yearning and feeling of need. Sad and bitter
experience in this life greatly strengthens
desire. That is one of the reasons it is needed
and beneficial. Only God is dependable. Only
God understands. In God’s mercy and wisdom,
there can be much comfort and support from
other human beings, but we cannot make our
happiness dependent on them, or build upon
them, or build on them as our foundation.
All flesh is grass - in God alone is safety and
“Search me, O God”