Ps.46:4 – There is a river whose streams make the city of God happy,
The holy dwelling places of the Most High.
As you know I recently came out of the hospital after a nasty bout with Covid. First I want to make this very clear, Covid is a spiritual thing. It is a demon attacking humans created in the image of God. In the midst of my tussle I had several startling and life changing encounters with the Lord. One was something I shared in church this Sunday, how Jesus quoted Psalm 46 to me as I awoke in the hospital Tuesday morning. This verse is of course one of the verses Jesus spoke over me. I love, love, love this. He is a River. The River is a person, not an experience. The Father is a River. Jesus is a River. The Holy Spirit is a River. The River is the outflow of this three in one God. The River is the overwhelming love that encompasses and changes everything it touches. Here is how the reformer Ralph Erskine describes this verse.
“What is the river that makes glad the city of God? I answer, God himself is the river, as in the following verse, “God is in the midst of her.” God the Father is the river: “For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” God the Son is the river, the fountain of salvation: “In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.” God the Spirit is the river: “He that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” “Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” What are the streams of this river? Answer—the perfections of God, the fulness of Christ, the operations of the Spirit, and these running in the channel of the covenant of promise.”
Over the next days following my God encounter in my hospital bed, the River washed over me again and again. He was healing me, filling me with courage, filling me with new vision and faith, and filling my heart with love for Him and my church family. The River flows through Victory Church, I am so glad to be back with my church family – the River is here.