There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;
God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
The ‘river’ is a very important metaphor in scripture for the Holy Spirit — the river of life. The Psalmist in Psalm 46 states that ‘There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God.’ The Psalm helpfully explains that the city of God is the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God’s tabernacle was spoken to Moses in Exodus 25, and in verse 9, God says to Moses ‘According to all that I show you, that is, the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings, just so you shall make it.‘
‘The city of God’ and ‘the Holy Place’ in the tabernacle are synonymous, thus — as the Holy Place is a spiritual university for those who have ‘entered in’ from the Outer Court, and are determined to go on with The LORD — the river of life is constantly refreshing and cleansing His people, washing them with the water of His word until they are become holiness. Our Lord has said that it will be so…
As we have heard,
So we have seen
In the city of the LORD of hosts,
In the city of our God:
God will establish it forever.
‘Meditate on these things...’
Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, "Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?" And I said to him, "Sir, you know."
So he said to me, "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple.
And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."
COME TO THE RIVER OF LIFE — Don Moen
A HOLY COMMAND: Oswald Chambers on LOVE
GEORGE and GILL STEWART