Tuesday, May 17, 2011
All My Fountains
Aaron's been rocking my socks of with this song on Sunday mornings for the last few months. The guys do it all acoustically with the cajon (which is awesome btw), and I have officially pegged it the 'pew smackin' song, since apparently we can't clap, but we can beat the pew in front of us to within inches of it's life, but it's all good! I just like the congregation participation!
Anyway - I've been working through the lyrics, and I just had to find scripturally where 'All my fountains' fit... so I researched it out. Here's what I found:
Psalm 87:7: - As they make music they will sing,
“All my fountains are in you.”
David is talking in reference to the city of Zion. It seems as if he has quite a vision of a great praise and worship time happening. I read through Calvin's commentary on the mentioned scripture and this is the line that stuck out to me most:
"The word springs[fountains] is, beyond all controversy, to be here taken metaphorically; but interpreters are not agreed as to the explanation of the metaphor. Some understand it as denoting hopes, some affections, and others thoughts. Did the idiom of the language admit, I would willingly subscribe to the opinion of those who translate it melodies or songs. But as this might be considered unsupported by the usage of the Hebrew term, I am rather inclined to adopt, as most suitable to the subject in hand, the opinion that lookings is the proper translation, the root of the word signifying an eye. It is as if the Psalmist had said, I will always be earnestly looking, as it were, with fixed eyes upon thee."
If you had to read it more than once, you aren't alone. I did as well, but here is where I'm leading with the scripture, and I think it applies all the way around: Everything we have is in Jesus. In Him we invest all of our hope, all of our affection, all of our thoughts. In Him we look for all of our answers, all wisdom, all peace, all joy, everything.
What a lifted burden, when everything we need and desire can be accomplished when 'all of our fountains are in Him." It's not a name it claim it promise, as God never promised to give us everything we ever wanted, but we can rest assured that what we have it is because He has so blessed us with it, and that alone, folks, is enough to make me all the more thankful for my children, my husband, my home, and the 3 trillion toys that my kids have strewn all over the house.
I love Calvin's last line, "I will always be earnestly looking, as it were, with eyes fixed upon thee." That is my prayer for myself, for my family, for my children, that all of our fountains be found in Jesus. Through every toil, every heartache and hardship, through joy and excitement, through trials and tribulations, that our eyes would be forever focused on Jesus Christ, the author and perfector of our faith. I will willingly invest all I have in Him... now to remember to do so in every aspect of life.