This morning I had the privilege of reading the following passage while listening to the song lyrics below. God is a great God that always seems to know the words we need to hear.
Invitation to the Thirsty
1 “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.
2 Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.
3 Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.
4 See, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander of the peoples.
5 Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations that do not know you will hasten to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor.”
6 Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
12 You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the LORD’s renown, for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed.”
Come to the water
there’s a war going on just across the street there’s a rage that’s burning to an angry beat I can feel the thirst but there’s no relief we need a river
there’s a sound in the distance like a thunder cloud waiting for the rain while the sun beats down Can you feel it rising from the underground? we need a river
oh let justice roll like rivers, oh let mercy flow with love, love
Come to the water, come to the water of life It will never run dry Come to the water, run to the water of life It will never run dry
there’s a cry from the child in the factory there’s a prayer for the prisoners of poverty Save us from the greed and the apathy we need a river
there’s a hope like a flood running down our street we’re an army of peacemakers on our feet take us to the place love and mercy meet there is a river