I awoke recently with this verse immediately in my mind: “all my springs are in thee” (Psa. 87:7). It was such a generous and gratuitous benediction that it promptly lightened my heart, changed the tone of the day and has been a source of daily prayer, meditation, encouragement, and exhortation since. How like the Lord it is with manifold blessings in hand to meet us, all undeserving and unsuspecting, and lade us with gifts of His grace. The psalm as a whole focuses on the future when the Gentiles will submit to the glorious and blessed reign of Christ from His throne in Zion during the Millennial Kingdom. But the underlying principle—“all my springs are in thee”—the last clause sets forth is applicable to all saints of every age.
“All my springs are in thee.” Oh, to come to the full realization of this truth. James writes that “every good and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (1:17). How truly rich is the believer who comes to rest in Christ as His all in all. Peace, comfort, joy, contentment, happiness, strength, victory, and myriad other blessings come from Christ. There is no other source of genuine blessing. Wealth and success, the praise and admiration of men, and any other temporal attainment are simply mirages promising much from a distance but finally offering nothing of substance. True wealth belongs to the one whose life echoes the words of the hymnist: “Take the world, but give me Jesus.” The Lord Jesus must not be some of our life, or much of our life, or even most of our life. Blessed is the man or woman who can truly confess: “all my springs are in thee.”
“All my springs are in thee.” Springs or fountains are self-sustaining sources of water. Metaphorically, then, the Lord is the repository of life and refreshment and of satisfaction and joy. Though there is no other source for these blessings, the one Source is enough. Like a spring, His blessings bubble up out of the midst of the dry earth, and like a fountain they burst forth spraying their blessing on all who draw near. But the key lies in the possessive pronoun my. The blessings of the Lord must be appropriated individually and personally by faith. True ultimate blessing is not generic and universal. It is direct, immediate, and personal. The Bible is just a book of stale principles until the Spirit of God applies its truths to our hearts and makes them ours. The Lord Jesus is just an historic figure until the Spirit of God makes Him real to us by faith. The truths of God are to be my truths, my gospel, my deliverance, my hope, my joy, my deliverance. It is the reality of personal possession that saves, sanctifies, and strengthens.
“All my springs are in thee.” It is these final two words—in thee—that are most precious. The one who lives in communion and fellowship with the Lord Jesus both wants nothing and wants for nothing. Anne Ross Cousin stated that reality thus: “O Christ, He is the fountain,/The deep, sweet well of love!/The streams on earth I’ve tasted/More deep I’ll drink above. . . . The Bride eyes not her garment/But her dear Bridegroom’s face;/I will not gaze at glory/But on my King of grace./Not at the crown He giveth/But on His pierced hand:/The Lamb is all the glory/Of Immanuel’s land.” Or as Mary D. James put it, “Since my eyes were fixed on Jesus,/I’ve lost sight of all beside,/So enchained my spirit’s vision,/Looking at the crucified.” True blessing is found, not in any temporal blessing that the Lord bestows, nor even in any eternal glory, but in the Person of the Lord Himself. To know Him and be known of Him, to love Him and be loved of Him, to be consumed with Him as He is with us—that is infinite blessing. May it be ours.
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