In another meditation we talk about “Abundant water”; today we are talking about “living water”. This is water that is produced by a pure flowing stream abounding with life giving properties, as opposed to a stagnant pool of water; In a Biblical picture we can compare it to the Sea of Galilee abounding with life, and the Dead Sea, which is as its name implies. Jesus offer of living water within to the woman at the well contrasts with the water of the world in which she lived, (John 4:10,14). He is the source of this living, life giving water. Song of Solomon (a book of ancient poetry portraying “martial love, and as covenant blessings of the people in their land” (Spirit Filled Life Bible) in 4:15 reads, “A fountain of gardens, A well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon.” The first 15 verses of this chapter are usually viewed as the beloved speaking to his bride with verse 16 being her response. Some like John Gill seem to see the response beginning earlier in the chapter. The spiritual portrayal here is that of Christ and the church, and one thing is certain, whether you look at it as to the church or through the church, Christ is the garden fountain, the well of living water, and as the streams from Lebanon. Lebanon’s highest peaks are said to be perpetually ice and snow covered, while the valley below becomes almost tropical, while the cool streams of water from the melting ice and snow flow down. Jeremiah 18:14 asks “Will a man leave the snow water of Lebanon, Which comes from the rock of the field, Will the cold flowing waters be forsaken for strange waters?” Adam Clarke asks the question, “Would any man in his senses abandon a farm that was always watered by the melted snows of Lebanon, and take a barren rock in its place?” My question to you is why forsake Christ “the fountain of living waters” and cling to “broken cisterns that can hold no water?” Jeremiah 2:13.
By Rose Hill
You are a lovely garden fountain,
With gushing water overflowing.
As refreshing streams down from,
The Lebanon Mountains always flowing.
You said ask of Me,
And living water I’ll give to thee.
The water I give will satisfy,
And you will never have to die.
For I give to you life Supernally,
To live with Me eternally.
Scripture quotations are from the New King James Version copyright by Thomas Nelson Co. and are used by permission.