Ps.87:7 – “All my springs of joy are in you.”
I think it is interesting that the Psalmist did not say “some of my springs of joy are in you”. He definitively says “all my springs are in you”. David has learned that all lasting joy is spiritual and all other joys are temporal. They are all just fading shadows. In this passage we see the hint of the two greatest commandments, to love the Lord with all your heart and to love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus actually said that these two commands were really one; love for God flows into love for your neighbor. Drinking deeply from the spiritual streams of living water overflows into the house of God and even beyond. You love His house and want to reach those outside so they too can drink of the springs of joy. Here is how Spurgeon describes this verse.
“Where God is there must be joy, and where the church is increased by numerous conversions the joy becomes exuberant and finds out ways of displaying itself…..Churches have not such all sufficiency within them that we can afford to look to them for all, but the Lord who founded the church is the eternal source of all our supplies, and looking to him we shall never flag or fail. How truly does all our experience lead us to look to the Lord by faith, and say “all my fresh springs are in thee.” The springs of my faith and all my graces; the springs of my life and all my pleasures; the springs of my activity and all its right doings; the springs of my hope, and all its heavenly anticipations, all lie in thee, my Lord. Without thy Spirit I should be as a dry well, a mocking cistern, destitute of power to bless myself or others. O Lord, I am assured that I belong to the regenerate whose life is in thee, for I feel that I cannot live without thee; therefore, with all thy joyful people will I sing thy praises.”
We are passing from one season to the next as I write this. Now don’t think I am becoming overly spiritual, the Covid scare is going away and the world is in transition. What will that look like? For us who love the well we are moving into a time of overflow into our world. These springs are discovered where God’s people gather. Its time to let our world know about our joyful fountain.