The imagery in Sunday’s Old Testament reading (Ezekiel) is all about water flowing into a river. The first part tells us that the water is flowing from God. The second part shows us that the water flowing from God is nothing less than the source of life itself.
If you're used to small rivers, the kind that (except for the rare flood) pretty much stay put, it can be amazing to go to a place with a large river. Not just bigger, but more powerful as well. The kind that carves its own way through the landscape – moving, active and dangerous, changing and shaping everything it touches.
Sunday’s Psalm reinforces the image in Ezekiel, and makes it clear that the water flowing from God is not just part of the scenery. It is described as a river not simply because there is a lot of water, but to make the point that what is flowing from God is the source of life itself - moving, active and dangerous, changing and shaping everything it touches.
More on this tomorrow.