This is well attested, and this stream would seem to have been the main artery of the city and temple water works. "There is a river, the streams whereof make glad the city of God. This shows the perfect security of the church, and is an assurance of lasting peace. ].” It is doubtless a strong-expression to say that this is a foretaste of heaven: but look into heaven, and you will find the very same river running there, and the blest inhabitants partaking of it: for “the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne is feeding them, and leads them to living fountains of water; and God wipes away all tears from their eyes [Note: Revelation 7:17.].”]. (Calmet) --- All who embrace the true faith, even kings, become subjects, and not heads of the Church. Hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good; and let your soul delight itself in fatness [Note: Isaiah 55:1-2. The psalmist alludes to this stream, not because it was the only supply, but an important one, which had just then, by Hezekiah’s energetic war preparations, gained unprecedented celebrity by having been diverted and brought through the city. ].” Such perfect satisfaction both to soul and body will these waters give, that all who drink of them will have a foretaste of heaven itself: “they draw water out of this fountain with inexpressible joy [Note: Isaiah 12:3. Hebrew. "The nations raged, etc." Psalm 46:4-7 shows us a Biblical picture of a river flowing from the Holy Place of God. ].” And St. John says, that “there was shewn to him a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God, and of the Lamb [Note: Revelation 22:1. “Holy place” is not a synonymous parallel to “city of God,” but is an intensive carrying forward of the description, as if it read “the city of God, even the holy place” [temple.] ]: and its powers are yet as effectual as on the day that David washed in it [Note: Psalms 51:7. "Commentary on Psalms 46:4". Psalm 46: This psalm expresses thanks for the deliverance of Jerusalem, “the city of God” (verse 4). The exalted character given of this river will justify a minute inquiry respecting it. palag. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of "Commentary on Psalms 46:4". Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which satisfieth not? "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". shall not barely defend it from utter ruin, but preserve it from danger, and give great occasion for rejoicing and thanksgiving. Ver. "Commentary on Psalms 46:4". FREQUENTLY, in the Holy Scriptures, is God compared to a fountain: in conformity with which idea, the blessings of salvation which flow from him may well be called “a river.” To the Israelites in the wilderness, there was given a stream which followed them in all their journeys: and to the Church. GOD'S ASCENDANCY OVER THE ENEMIES OF HIS PEOPLE. "The spring of Gihon, whose waters Hezekiah brought into Jerusalem by a tunnel (2 Chronicles 32:30) are here used as a symbol of God's refreshing presence. Compare Psalms 36:8; Ezekiel 47:1; Zechariah 14:8; John 4:14; Revelation 22:1. Tacitus (Hist., book 5, § 12,) mentions the “fountain of living water” under the temple at Jerusalem, which Milton calls—. ].” Verily, if ye will come to the Lord Jesus Christ, and “receive out of his fulness” the blessings he has purchased for you, you shall “see the good of his chosen, and rejoice in the gladness of his nation, and shall glory with his inheritance [Note: Psalms 106:4-5.].”]. God‘s favor is denoted by a river (compare Psalm 36:8; Zechariah 14:8; Revelation 22:1). See App-68, and Ecclesiastes 48:17. The holy place of the tabernacles of the MOST HIGH. Compare introduction to Isaiah 17:1-14. https: city of God, the holy place — His earthly residence, Jerusalem and the temple (compare Psalm 2:6; Psalm 3:4; Psalm 20:2; Psalm 48:2, etc.). (Psalms 46:6). https: mishkan. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. Let us notice then, [Whence can this be, but from God himself? 10. “The whole city of God is gladdened by it, and especially the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High:” for the nearer any one’s access to God is, the more abundant are the communications made to him of grace and peace. ].” We may conceive of a river which, by its shoals and cataracts, bids defiance to vessels of any kind; and such is that which encompasses our Zion, and keeps it from every assault. (See Stanley, Sinai and Palestine, p. 180, and comp. But Ritter says: “It seems much more probable, much more conformable to all the conditions of the case, that they were connected with the north side of Jerusalem;” and with Krafft he locates the “Old Pool” of Isaiah (Isaiah 22:11) and “Upper Pool” of Isaiah (Isaiah 36:2, the source of Shiloah) near the modern Damascus gate. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". There is a river - There is no allusion here to any particular stream or river, but the image is designed to represent a state of peace and calm security in contrast with the rough and troubled ocean. "Commentary on Psalms 46:4". BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". 1865-1868. There is a river, &c.] Interea civitas Dei, amidst all these garboils and hurly-burlies abroad the Church shall be helped with a little help, as Daniel 11:34, that, through weaker means, she may see God’s greater strength. To the same effect Barclay argues. God controls all the raging of the nations and their tumults."[18]. 1685. Prayer Book version) seems to connect the river of this verse with the waters of the preceding. Let us pray for the speedy approach of these glorious days, and in silent submission let us worship and trust in our almighty Sovereign. The holy place of the tabernacles] This was the beauty and bulwark of Jerusalem, viz. ].” Here then we see, that they give health to the diseased, and life to the dead. A river—The word denotes a perennial river, as distinguished from a winter torrent. It is a river that is unfathomable, and cannot be passed over; it has heights and depths, and lengths and breadths, which cannot be fully comprehended: as for the quality of it, it is a pure river, clear as crystal; free of all dissimulation in the heart of God, and clear of all motives and conditions in the creature.