The Voice of Many Waters

This article was originally posted on my Authorsville website, but I thought it fit well here as well. Enjoy!

The Sound of a Waterfall

His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; ~Revelation 1:15

And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps. ~Revelation 14:2

When they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of many waters, like the voice of the Almighty, a tumult like the noise of an army; and when they stood still, they let down their wings. ~Ezekiel 1:24

Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls;
All Your waves and billows have gone over me. ~Psalm 42:7

The Lord on high is mightier
Than the noise of many waters,
Than the mighty waves of the sea. ~Psalm 93:4

What is it about the sound of water that is so powerful and yet so soft, mighty and yet peaceful, shaking and yet soothing, fierce and yet gentle. From the mighty thundering waterfall to the small tinkling stream or babbling brook, the sound of water is often used in Scripture to describe the voice of God. At times, it is thundering and quaking as in some of the examples above, or at other times, it is, “a still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12). His voice is a gentle hush, a whispering trickle, a sprouting stream. His voice is a thundering echo, a hastening river, a torrent of waterfall that is spilling over the edge of a cliff and rushing forward.

Water is not only a substance God has given to us as a means of life. It is also a symbol to us of who God is. He says, “They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters,” Jeremiah 2:13. And again, “but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” ~John 4:14. And again, “For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.” ~Psalm 36:9. Jesus says, “‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” ~John 7:37-39

As the above text says, the Holy Spirit is also compared with living water. “And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.” ~1 John 5:8. As the Spirit continues to sanctify us, it is very much like the washing with water that cleanses our bodies. This is also a great symbolism in the holy sacrament of Baptism. One of the signs of the covenant uses water to symbolize what the Lord does with His people; He washes them and makes them clean.

As you watch the below YouTube video with a waterfall stream and listen to its sound, think about the below verses:

Ho! Everyone who thirsts,
Come to the waters;
And you who have no money,
Come, buy and eat.
Yes, come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without price.
Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
And your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,
And let your soul delight itself in abundance.
Incline your ear, and come to Me.
Hear, and your soul shall live;
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you—
The sure mercies of David.
~Isaiah 55:1-3.

~From the Proprietor ~ Joshua Reynolds

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The First and Last Westminster Shorter Catechism Questions – Catechism Rundown

I am now reciting all 107 questions of the WSC several times a week (something children used to do in the seventeenth century), and I’m finding it most refreshing. I thought I would give the bookends of the logic with a summary of the questions in-between.

Also, I’ve approved the edit for chapter 1 and am already in chapter 2 for my book Treasure on the Southern Moor! Keep watching and looking; it will be in the bookstore soon.

Westminster Shorter Catechism Rundown:

Q.1: What is the chief end of man?

A: Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.

This question serves to answer the world-famous philosopher question of Why are we here? God created man, as is stated nine questions later in the catechism, and our ultimate purpose is for His glory – that is why we are here and that is what we must set ourselves about to do.

Questions 2-9: Introduces the Scriptures; God (the Author of the Scriptures) in Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; and His eternal decrees.

Questions 10-19: Introduces mankind, the fall of man, and the path all men are on.

Questions 20-28: Introduces Christ, Savior of our race; the offices Christ holds; and what He did to bring man upon a different path.

Questions 29-38: Explains how Christ’s work is applied to us and the benefits that follow.

Questions 39-81: THIS IS THE LARGEST SEGMENT: Introduces the duty of man, which is the moral law, and gives a summary of the entire moral law, expressed in the Two Greatest Commandments and the Ten Commandments. Explains what is required and forbidden in each commandment.

Questions 82-84: Shows the tragedy of sin upon all mankind and what it deserves.

Questions 85-98: Shows what is necessary for salvation and the means of His continual nourishment and provision for us, giving the Word, Sacraments, and Prayer as special means.

Questions 99-107: An expository on the Lord’s Prayer.

Question 107: What doth the conclusion of the Lords’ Prayer teach us?

A: The conclusion of the Lord’s Prayer, which is, For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen, teacheth us to take our encouragement in prayer from God only, and in our prayers to praise him, ascribing kingdom, power, and glory to him; and, in testimony of our desire, and assurance to be heard, we say, Amen.

Much as the first question gives God as the ultimate reason for existence, the last question gives us a clear example from the model prayer how to give the glory back to the Lord. It is as though the Puritans were saying, “To God be the glory, and this is why, because this is what happened, this is what is required, this is what God did for us, and here is how we may glorify Him.”