Some random thoughts inspired by Handel’s ‘Water Music’ …

Come leap with me for joy

Sing out the praise of the Lord

For Death’s been robbed of its prey

Come lay down your tawdry crown

For the true Lord of Heaven and Earth

Enters to take His throne

A throne established in justice and peace

Hearts of stone melt in His love’s sweet warmth

Truth touched eyes can see 

Deaf ears hear their Maker’s voice

His glory bursts forth

Swift flowing out of the Holy Place

Pouring through bustling paths

Parched earth blooms His seed

Quenched fists of clay give forth His scent

Smitten rock

Riven side

Empty tomb

The River of Life dances forth

Gushing, rushing, tossing over mountains

Leaping with abandon into the valleys

Rolling away obstacles

Frictioning stones to smoothness

Whispering love songs to soil hid roots

“To serve not to be served

Humility’s my crown

Faithfulness, my staff

Unending love’s my song

Come take my hand

You are betrothed to me

Sealed with the Holy Spirit

A lily ‘mong the thorns is my beloved”

The trees of the field clap their hands

The mountains rejoice

And sing back

“Ransomed from the hand of Sheol

Redeemed from the grave

O death, where is your victory?

O death, where is your sting?

For love is strong as death,

Jealousy fierce as the grave.”

And so the river swirls

Gathering strength and song

Swelling seed

Living streams

Braiding through the earth

Carrying the heart of the Song-giver

Stream joins stream

A mighty river

A voice of many waters

Splashes and swirls

Weaves, unfurls

The unending glory of the Most High

Lamb that was slain

Found worthy to open the scroll

Worthy, worthy, worthy

To reign in righteousness and justice and peace

Tides ebb and flow

Kingdoms rise and fall

Unchanging grace trickles never

Unending flows from age to age

I guess I could keep on and on, for rivers don’t stop flowing… waterfalls never stop giving…

Wherever the stream flows,

there will be all kinds of animals and fish.

The stream will make the water of the Dead Sea fresh,

and wherever it flows, it will bring life.

Eze 47:9 GNB

The angel also showed me the river of the water of life,

sparkling like crystal,

and coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb

and flowing down the middle of the city’s street.

On each side of the river was the tree of life,

which bears fruit twelve times a year, once each month;

and its leaves are for the healing of the nations.

Rev 22:1-2 GNB