Ps.87:3,7 – “Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God….Both the singers and the players on instruments say, “All my springs are in you.”
I remember visiting Gospel Outreach (The Lighthouse Ranch) in Eureka, California back in the 1970’s. One of the nights I was there I attended a Bible Study and was fixated on one of the songs that was sung, “City O City” from Psalm 87. We sang “all my springs of joy are in you” again and again. For those that don’t know, the city in this song is the New Jerusalem, the Bride of Christ. The visit to the Lighthouse Ranch was special to me. I had been cloistered in the Christian Community near Fresno that I was part of and this was a rare glimpse at another part of the body of Christ. It was like I was looking into a mirror as I observed the hundreds of Jesus people there whose lives had been radically changed by God. Here is how Augustine describes this verse.
“So thus, after drawing together and mingling every source of joyous exultation, how doth he conclude? “The dwelling as of all that shall be made joyous is in Thee”. As if all made joyous, all rejoicing, shall dwell in that city. Amid our journeyings here we suffer bruises: our last home shall be the home of joy alone. Toil and groans shall perish: prayers pass away, hymns of praise succeed. There shall be the dwelling of the happy; no longer shall there be the groans of those that long, but the gladness of those who enjoy. For He will be present for whom we sigh: we shall be like Him, as we shall see Him as He is: there it will be our whole task to praise and enjoy the presence of God: and what beyond shall we ask for, when He alone satisfies us, by whom all things were made? We shall dwell and be dwelt in; and shall be subject to Him, that God may be all in all.”’
Why is the city of God so refreshing? Why is it that we say “all my springs of joy are in you”? The reason is because Christ lives in His church. He is the spring or fountain that resides within His body that we drink from. The joy we taste from this fountain is just a small taste of what is coming. When we see Christ and His glorified bride we will see clearly what this joy is all about.