9 For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light. Psalm 36:9
Buckingham Fountain is a large public fountain in Chicago. As with other large fountains, if you stand within a few feet of the man-made edges, you’ll get sprayed with a fine cooling mist. On a hot summer day, that mist will be so refreshing and cool to your warm skin. When you were a hundred feet away you might have wanted to run and jump in the fountain, but now that you’re near it, there’s no need because you are rapidly cooling off being next to it.
The “world” affects us and wears us down. Regularly we need to come close to this Fountain of Life that King David talks about. We know what it’s like to be refreshed by the Fountain’s mist because we’ve experienced it before. We also know what it’s like to be miserable a hundred feet away.
So, here’s a secret I’m still learning: the Fountain is built on a rock solid foundation. It will always be there. We are the ones who move away.
Come, thou Fount of every blessing,
tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing,
call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
mount of thy redeeming love.