“Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it (v.9)”.
We shall first take up the last independent clause, ‘thou preparest them corn…’ is as follows “You provide their grain,/ for so you have prepared it (ESV). Before we go into the study of the psalm it would help us to have a clear grasp as to the manner the Spirit has delineated between God as Spirit and Man as Body. (a body hast thou prepared me (He.10:5)’ When Jesus Christ speaks of ‘the bread of heaven’ it becomes very clear that God had well provided for whatever contingencies would arise. The Lamb slain before the worlds began (Re.13:8) is another. In this context this cryptic answer of Jesus at the end of the Samaritan woman episode is loaded. The disciples who ask him if he had food to eat what does he say? “”But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of(John 4:32) . It connects with the bountifulness of God’s provisions, “….prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it-(Mal.3:10).” The river of God serves as a symbol of divine mercies on the similar scale as the slain Lamb in order to denote his foreknowledge of saints to be redeemed from the earth. For them mercy and grace have an altogether different meaning and it could be seen as a basis for Christian Living. Though thrown among the worldly we are, however, in heavenly places being hid in the risen Christ. God preserves His children from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity(64:2).’ It was thus the Captain of our salvation was strengthened. An angel from heaven helped him when he was tempted of Satan before he began his ministry. Why God extend help to us but to see we finished our tasks well? It is His will that we would continue and finish the work He has entrusted with us. Before we can enter his rest and be counted as good and faithful servant we have to accomplish our tasks.Hear What Jesus said, “Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work (John4:33).”
Consider the meditations of a child of God being interlocked with God. It speaks of life after life and the river of God at one level is to be understood as Mercy of God. So the waters carry more significance that physical thirst would imply.
We shall see how the Spirit has organized this Body and Spirit relationship from the creation account. ‘Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters(v.6)”. We notice that the divine Will has reserved for Himself the waters which is different from that are below the firmament. ‘Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place,’ and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas.
The Spirit is laying out in the first two days of the creation calendar two important approaches to the Scripture. One is literal and the other spiritual narrative annotating one narrative thread with the other. The waters above the firmament refers to spiritual nourishment that derives from the Father of all mercies. So when Jesus announces, “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water (John 7:38)” he is speaking of waters which are above the firmament. The living water is spiritual significance of divine Mercy that He would send in due course. The indwelling Spirit is a token of God.
One more aspect the creation calendar we may consider here. Creation of heaven took up two days. The separation of light and darkness and waters above the heaven are the concern of the God the Spirit and God who would be sent to the world in fulness of time. ‘And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. The Father Son relationship is set in course with the creation of the earth on the third day.
From the first to the last we shall see the Biblical narrative following literal and parallel development in terms of its spiritual significance.
Thus perfection of the Father as fulfilled by the Son have two readings on the topic of waters. “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust (Matt.5:45).
Here we have a reference to the Son as fulfillment aspect. This is what the new earth presents:”And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb./2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations(Re.22:1-2)”. The same we find in the creation account,
Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed.
2 O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.
3 Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away.
4 Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.
5 By terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation; who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the sea:
6 Which by his strength setteth fast the mountains; being girded with power:
7 Which stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people.
8 They also that dwell in the uttermost parts are afraid at thy tokens: thou makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to rejoice.
9 Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it.
10 Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settlest the furrows thereof: thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof.
11 Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.
12 They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side.
13 The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.