What is the “living water” of the Holy Spirit as it relates to worship?
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The Living Water (a) of the Holy Spirit is by definition “perpetually fresh, running water” but often used figuratively of “the fresh breath of God running into and through a person to bring zoe genuine-life.” God is the “fountain/spring of living water,” who His people had “forsaken,” which is their first “wrong,” but then they committed a second “wrong” – they “hew or dug out cisterns/pits/wells for themselves – [which are] broken cisterns that can hold no water” (b). A “broken well” is one that is dried up, either because the spring that fed the water table has stopped or the walls of the well have caved in. A pit collecting rainwater is a “broken cistern,” because it isn’t being fed by a spring, and stagnant water is not “living” – in fact, it will make you really sick and take your life! So the prophet cries out in Jeremiah 17:13, “O Yahweh, the hope of Israel, all who forsake you shall be put to shame . . . for they have forsaken Yahweh, the fountain/spring of living water.” <Notes> a) mayim chay, hudor zao, b) Jeremiah 2:13.
In Zechariah 14:1-8 God says: “Behold, a day is coming for Yahweh . . . I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle . . . Then Yahweh will go out and fight against those nations . . . On that day His feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives . . . and it shall be split in two . . . And you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of king Uzziah . . . then Yahweh, my God will come, and all the holy ones with Him. . . . On that day living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem [through the valley that was created by the splitting] . . . And Yahweh will be King over all the earth. On that day Yahweh will be One and His name One.”
Jesus refers to His second coming as “coming on the clouds of heaven with enabling-power and great glory, coming with His angels in the glory of His Father to gather out of His kingdom all causes of sin and throw them into the fiery furnace . . . but the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father” (a). This is Christ’ millennial kingdom, but meanwhile during the Church age, in Song of Solomon 4:1-15, Jesus woos His Bride (the future Church) saying, “You are beautiful, My love . . . you are altogether beautiful, My love; there is no flaw in you. Come with Me from Lebanon, My bride . . . You have captivated My heart, My sister, My bride . . . A locked garden is My sister, My bride, a locked spring, a sealed fountain . . . a garden fountain, a well of living water, and flowing streams from Lebanon.” <Notes> a) Matthew 13:41, 16:27, 24:30, 26:64; Mark 13:26, 14:62; Revelation 1:7.
So in the New Testament, the Bridegroom who is Jesus uses the same language He did before, offering the Samaritan woman at the well “the grace-gift of God . . . you would have asked Him (a) and He would have given you [that grace-gift of] living water . . . whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a fountain/spring/spring-fed well (b) of water leaping/gushing/springing up (c) to eternal, zoe genuine-life” (d). Certainly Jesus is using Old Testament wording to help Jews make the connection! Jesus said, “I AM the zoe genuine-life” (e), but earlier (f) said, “The directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words that I have spoken to you are [singularly] Spirit and [singularly] zoe genuine-life.” <Notes> a) Jesus, to be recognized as Christ, b) pege, c) hallomai, d) John 4:10-14, e) John 14:6, f) John 6:63.
Later on at the great feast of the Jews, Jesus “stood up and cried out, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever has trusting-relying-faith in Me, as the scripture has said, ‘Out of his innermost belly/womb (a) will flow rivers of living water.’ Now this He said about the Spirit, whom those who had trusting-relying-faith in Him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified [after His resurrection]” (b). Koilia (a) physically is the “interior cavity, gullet, or womb” of a man, but translated from the OT Hebrew as “the innermost part, soul, or heart of man as the seat of thought, feeling, and choice.” This is one of the times Jesus and other rabbis quoted scripture that we do not have today, but have been lost in time. Contrary to Christian propaganda, the bible we have now is not complete – see Bible Info. <Notes> a) koilia: a place of reproduction, implying that this is where God’s creative power will now reside and operate, b) John 7:37-39.
Finally, Revelation 7:1-17 describes “a great multitude . . . from every nation . . . standing before the throne and the Lamb, clothed in white robes . . . crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne and to the Lamb!’ . . . They shall hunger no more, neither thirst . . . For the Lamb . . . will be theirs Shepherd, and He will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”
“Living water” is physically brand-new and fresh, just as chadash and kainos describe the completely different-in-kind New Covenant! It is a fresh outpouring of rain or the resulting streams/rivers on the surface of the earth or the fountains/springs under it. Therefore, it never refers to water that has sat for long in a pit, pond, or well. The Levitical laws for cleansing, physically or ceremonially, would prohibit the use of this stagnant water. We know biologically that this water can make you sick and kill you! But fresh dew and running/flowing water can give you physical life! However, even dew, snow, or ice that has sat for very long can harm you, as many will attest to, so few animals can live through freezing winters. Once winter snow or ice melts and starts ‘springing’ or flowing, the earth can dilute and filter out the harmful substances to once again make it “living.” Symbolically, “living water” is the fresh breath of the Father or Son’s Spirit blowing zoe genuine-life into our innermost being/belly/womb cavity, for God is actually zoe genuine-life as are His directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words, “which man can live (zao) on alone” (a). Man’s sinfulness is looking for zoe genuine-life everywhere but WHO it is! However, if we look anywhere else, we will remain thirsty – we won’t be satisfied, but always restless. The indwelling Holy Spirit, Jesus and the Father living within us, is the only source of zoe genuine-life. This is the “promised grace-gift of God” through trusting-relying-faith in Jesus – see Genuine-Life page. <Notes> a) Matthew 4:4, Luke 4:4 citing Deuteronomy 8:3; cf. John 6:51-58.
I was proseuchomai conversationally-praying with a prophetic counselor once named Elizabeth Brown and she initially prophetically saw something I saw 2 days later: a long winter of snow and ice and very few animals were able to live on this old water – they either migrate or hibernate. But once spring came and water was once again running, life emerged! So it is with the Word of God. A logos message written with gramma letters thousands of winters ago, collected into books as graphe scripture highly debated then and now as to what exactly belongs in the canon, will not sustain you – you just can’t live on it! We can only live on the fresh breath of God, and by definition this is directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words. Now I admit that “once in a blue moon” while reading the bible, the Lord has personally spoken fresh words, phrases, and even between the bible lines, which was certainly prophetic rhema because it radically affected me, far exceeding 1000s of hours of previous bible study!
I had a dream once of a stagnant, murky, stinky pond fed by a trickling spring flowing into it. I was told to work with a black missionary friend to take the boards and debris out of the pond that were damming it up. Once it could flow out, the smell went away, and life came back to it. When I looked back a river was flowing into what was now a lake. This dream told me that the Church was “stopped up” because it was pre-occupied with itself by collecting money to build bigger buildings to keep up with Church growth. In the early 1990’s I was led to challenge John Casteel of Grace Chapel that the Spirit was calling the church to support native missionaries worldwide, like the singer/evangelist Keith Green was also hearing and expressing in the “Last Days Newsletter.” I explained that other organizations like Gospel for Asia were feeling this call and doing something about it, but He just said, “I can see you are not happy here. Maybe you should look for another place.” That really hurt because I was their worship drummer for 5 years! He didn’t seem to really care. Well, it’s sad to say that his continual insistence to preach sermons about tithing and giving to build a Christian school with a gymnasium and basketball courts, etc. apparently ruined the church. He lost most of 100 elders when he stopped listening to them, insisting that it was “his church,” and soon hundreds of people left along with the revival. It never did recover until he left, and still nothing like it was in the 70s and 80s!
The Church cannot live on graphe scripture as a collection of gramma writings from “thousands of winters ago” as a means of communicating the content of God’s logos message, even if that is the logos gospel message of The Truth is in New Testament gramma writings. Only the living Logos of Christ speaking to use freshly through His directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words by the means of the “Living Water” of the Holy Spirit, can we experience zoe genuine-life.
As Christian musicians, will we drink the stagnant waters of old songs, playing them with old flesh in the same old way, or drink the fresh, running water of “A New Song” spontaneously and prophetically by the anointing of the Holy Spirit just as David’s musicians did? Anybody can do the former, but only surrendered musicians can do the latter. The former may indeed be “for God” but the latter can only be accomplished “with God.” The former is no different the Jewish religious system of worship, year after year for thousands of years, and they grew no closer to God but instead killed all their prophets and finally their Messiah. Little good this kind of worship did them! We must return to David worship by singular Spirit and singular Truth, which is total surrender to Jesus Christ, The Truth, and His Holy Spirit. We cannot find the presence of God in ancient writings, only by entering through prayer and worship!