Read: Psalm 36:1-12
Consider: Psalm 36 uses the word ‘fountain’ to describe God and the life that we can live in him. What does the word ‘fountain’ conjure up in your mind? Is it the small fountain in a back garden, or is it the world’s tallest fountain (the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Fountain) that sprays water to a height of 500ft, equivalent to the height of a 50-storey building. Interestingly the Hebrew word translated as ‘fountain’ in the Old Testament, corresponds to a Greek word often translated as ‘spring’, ‘well’ or ‘source’ in the New Testament. Can you see that the fountain mentioned in this Psalm is not a trickle, but a deluge. Also it is not the ornamental fountains we see in gardens, but is the source of running, life-giving water.
Elsewhere in the Bible we read: In that day the mountains will drip new wine, and the hills will flow with milk; all the ravines of Judah will run with water. A fountain will flow out of the LORD’s house and will water the valley of acacias (Joel 3:18). We don’t tend to imagine a fountain as a flowing river, but that is what we are meant to take from this Scripture.
In Zechariah 13:1 we read: On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity. So this fountain is not just a refreshing stream of water, but it is something that can actively cleanse from sin. This reminded me of the words of the hymn ‘There is a fountain filled with blood’ written by William Cowper (1731-1800):
There is a fountain filled with blood
Drawn from Immanuel’s veins;
And sinners, plunged beneath that flood,
Lose all their guilty stains.
Read through these words from Psalm 36 again, letting God impress them on your heart:
Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, LORD, preserve both people and animals. How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast in the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light (Psalms 36:5-9).
Pray: Father, we ask that the saving fountain of Christ’s blood would flow out to our world and that people would come to salvation and forgiveness of sins. May we be instruments of light in your hands. Amen