â€œTherefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.â€ (Isaiah 12:3)
This beautiful verse is in the midst of a psalm of praise for Godâ€™s deliverance of His people â€œin that dayâ€ (v. 4)â€”the coming day when the Lord shall return to the earth and reign â€œin the midst of theeâ€ (v. 6). Until â€œthat dayâ€ comes, however, we can appropriate its spiritual blessings right now.
The word translated â€œwellsâ€ is more often translated â€œfountains,â€ denoting flowing springs of water that never run dry. It is first used at the time of the great Flood when in one â€œday were all the fountains of the great deep broken upâ€ (Genesis 7:11). On that day, the primeval fountains provided by God for the perpetual supply of living waters to the inhabitants of the â€œvery goodâ€ world He had created were cleaved open, the living waters became lethal waters, and â€œall that was in the dry land, diedâ€ (v. 22).
But one day another fountain was cleaved open. As Jesus died on the cross, â€œa spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and waterâ€ (John 19:34). At the great Feast of Tabernacles, He had cried: â€œIf any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me . . . out of his belly shall flow rivers of living waterâ€ (John 7:37-38).
The blood and water flowed together from the deep fountain opened in the Saviorâ€™s side that day, and their cleansing powers became a fountain of life to all who will drink. The waters again became living waters from a fountain that will never run dry, â€œa pure river of water of life . . . proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lambâ€ (Revelation 22:1).
Then, wonder of wonders, there is not just one well, for all who believe likewise send forth â€œrivers of living water,â€ as with eternal joy, we each share with one another, forever drinking from the never-drying wells of salvation! HMM