God covenanted with David, “Your house and your kingdom will continue before me for all time, and your throne will be secure forever” (Samuel 7:16). God’s covenant with David is also an invitation to us from God himself. The God who assured David of an eternal Kingdom also assures us of his eternal kindness to us as a part of that Kingdom. Isaiah saw this Kingdom and described it this way:
Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk – it’s all free! ........ Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David. (Isaiah 55: 1-3)
God is saying that if we will come to him empty-handed, hungry, and thirsty, willing to receive what he gives, than he will bind himself with an oath to treat us forever with the same mercy and faithfulness that he demonstrated in his covenant with David.
The Jewish people undoubtedly had this promise from this passage from Isaiah in their minds when they came to the final day of the Festival of Shelters. On that day, jars of water were poured over the altar so that water streamed onto the pavement and down the steps. Jesus chose this dramatic moment to stand up and shout to the gathered crowd, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink!” (John 7: 37-38). His invitation is repeated in Revelation 22:17, “Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires, drink freely from the water of life,” Jesus is the source of the living water that is offered freely to everyone.
Praise the Lord of Living Waters!
Prayer – Water of life, I am thirsty and I have nothing of value to offer you to purchase what only you can provide. What a relief and a joy to know that you offer yourself generously and freely to anyone who believes in you. I believe in you. I’m coming to you to satisfy my thirst forever.
Let’s sing together.
Song: Living Waters by Keith & Kristyn Getty
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