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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Water Wick

The tensile strength of water enables capillary action which results in water being able to 'climb' or 'wick' (to transmit liquid by capillary action). This is what enables trees to pull water from the ground up its trunk. The narrowness of the tree's vascular bundles allow for the transportation of tons of water hundreds of feet up into a tree's trunk. Water is central to photosynthesis and respiration. Photosynthetic cells use the sun's energy to split off water's hydrogen from oxygen. Hydrogen is combined with CO2 (absorbed from air or water) to form glucose and release oxygen. All living cells use such fuels and oxidize the hydrogen and carbon to capture the sun's energy and reform water and CO2 in the process (cellular respiration). All life depends on water.

Psalms 1:1-3 "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper."

Jeremiah 17:8 "For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit."

The trees ability to survive is dependant upon the quality and quantity of the water resource available. Trees are culturally symbolic of blessing, strength, stability, and prosperity because of the understanding by man of the trees ability to draw upon hidden resources: the trees ability to appropriate the adequate resources needed for productivity; and the trees ability with that resource at hand to survive drought, wind and storm.

Water is the source of life for a tree and its ability to tap into that source is a requirement for its survival. It strives and focuses all its efforts in attaining a reliable water source, constantly tapping into the earth, drawing upon any nourishment it can find. In this we find the strength of the analogy. Christian man is to find root, not in himself, but in a sustaining, adequate source for the supply; the essence; the revelation; the foundation; the groundwork; the inner manifestation of the man denoting the quality of his existence; the worth of life able to stand against the storms of life, the droughts and famines both physical and spiritual, the winds of misfortune, the barren wilderness of life's circumstances relying upon the grace of the water of life flowing from God. Life itself is at stake, both the productive, vibrant, complete life in the living world and the eternal life in the next. These waters are the waters supplied by God in an abundance and quality which means that we "shall neither hunger nor thirst, neither heat nor sun shall strike us; for He who has mercy on us will lead us, even by the springs of water He will guide us." (Isaiah 49:10) These are the living waters, the Spirit of God, raining down, being absorbed into the ground like rain, being wicked into our lives through the roots of our spiritual life, transforming itself into the awakening of the powers of God in our lives, leading us to the light, repentance, faith, fear, love, desires after God, hope, sincerity, and what else is necessary for the making of the man a saint; these things, are the fruits and effects of this Spirit which is the river of water of life. This is why the Spirit is called the Spirit of faith, the Spirit of love, and the Spirit of a sound mind. (2 Cor 4:13; Gal 5:22; 2 Tim 1:7).

Psalm 65:9 "You visit the earth and water it, You greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; You provide their grain, for so You have prepared it."

Isaiah 27:3 "I, the Lord, keep it, I water it every moment; lest any hurt it, I keep it night and day.

Isaiah 58:11 "The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail."

Hosea 14:5-7 "I will be like the dew to Israel; he shall grow like the lily, and lengthen his roots like (a mountain). His branches shall spread; his beauty shall be like an olive tree, and his fragrance like (cedars and spices). Those who dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall be revived like grain, and grow like a vine. Their scent shall be like the wine, (fragrant, lasting, holding its splendour).

Isaiah 25:6 "...and in this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all people a feast of choice pieces, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of well-refined wines on the lees.

Song 7:9-10 "...and the roof of your mouth like the best wine. The wine goes down smoothly for my beloved, moving gently the lips of sleepers. I am my beloved's, and his desire is toward me.

Throughout the scriptures there lies the theme of love, beauty, wholeness, delight, the pictures used are words communicating God, the Spirit and Jesus through the analogies of water, trees, wine, etc.. Within those analogies there is relationship, it is essential, foundational, it contains and holds all of life and what is critical for the fullness of life to be experienced. The beauty of the communication is found in the musing and meditation on the thoughts that are formed by the pictures modeled through the examples. It is not within my ability to expound or extrapolate those pictures, images and visions for you, I struggle with the depth of the communication to my own heart. The previous verses were all verses that spoke of a depth of communion; they speak of the relationship which lies in the forefront of my life; they speak of consequential growth in holiness and beauty; they speak to me of richness, vibrancy, endearment; "the communion of the Holy Ghost" (2 Cor 13:14). There is a warming of the spirit, an unbinding, an enlightening; a reviving, cherishing, quickening, strengthening in grace; renewed assurances, bringing old comforts to mind, weakening lusts, emboldening and raising a spirit of faith, of love, of hope, of prayer, and making the Word a blessing. Without this water of life, communion is weak, flat, cold, dead, fruitless, lifeless; there is nothing seen, felt, heard, or understood in a spiritual and heart-quickening way.

"This drink also revives us when tempted, when sick, when persecuted, when in the dark, and when we faint for thirst. The life of religion is this water of life: where that runs, where that is received, and where things are done in this spirit, there all things are well." John Bunyan

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