“If anyone thirsts. Let him come to Me and drink. . . Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water”
Decades ago, I visited a ministry center in West Africa and saw a little girl climb onto a truck that had a public address system. Smiling, she began to sing over the microphone:
It’s bubbling. It’s bubbling in my soul; I’m singing and laughing since Jesus made me whole. Since Jesus came within and cleansed my heart from sin. It’s bubbling, bubbling, bubbling, bubbling, bubbling in my soul!
I only heard her sing that song once. But the joy in her voice was so evident and powerful that I remember the lyrics and tune to this day.
The parallel in the song between water and spiritual refreshment is a biblical one. During the Feast of Tabernacles, a Levite priest would pour out water as a symbol of God providing water for Israel in the wilderness. During the feast, “Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘ If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water’”(John 7:37-38). Jesus was talking about the Holy Spirit promised to those who would believe in Him (v.39). this thirst-quenching water is a picture of the spiritual satisfaction that only He can provide.
Perhaps you’ve lost that joy you first experienced at salvation. Confess all known sin right now (1 John 1:9). Be filled with God’s Holy Spirit(Ephesians 5:18), and let him provide you with a “bubbling in your soul.” –Dennis Fisher
Christ departed so that the Holy Spirit could be imparted.