The crowds were singing this verse during the water ritual at the end of the Feast of Tabernacles. It was then that Jesus shouted about the living waters flowing from him (John 7:37).
This brief chapter is a celebrative conclusion to the first part of Isaiah. It is soaked in messianic imagery. The word for “praise” in verse 4 means, “to lift up the hands.” Here is a way for your body to pray this psalm-like prayer of Isaiah. Begin with your head down, your hands clenched together in a fist, pressed against your chest. Then in response to the promise of Jesus, let your palms become open, as the living water of Christ’s Spirit breaks out from your inmost being, flowing upward and outward in joy to the world—so thirsty for the life-giving Spirit that can flow from you.
What are these?
Anger turned away by love v. 1
Lord, You are my salvation. v. 2
Wells of salvation with joy v. 3
Your praises throughout the earth v. 5
This is the Eighth Week in Epiphany, Year A.
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