The Brook in the Way
“He shall drink of the brook in the way:
therefore shall he lift up the head”
Salvation is the result of provision. There are vast resources of grace to those who would draw from Emanuel. There is substance there; life and power in our drinking of Him. The ever-present Spring within enables us to lift our heads as we journey through this wilderness of life. Opposition without and struggles within are all designed to bring us to a dependency upon the waters of Life to be found in Him alone.
“Therefore with joy shall ye draw
water out of the wells of salvation”
His resources are to be a “present help” (Psalm 46:1) to lift our head, confident that He who knows our frame, our weaknesses, and our disappointments. There is a joy and a vitality in His supply that enables us to continue to reach out, to implore, and to share with others the message of hope. Those who have tasted of this brook cannot remain downcast nor discouraged.
As the psalmist declares:
“But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory,
and the lifter up of mine head”
The “lifter of my head” is He who ever is. There is no circumstance or situation in which His waters will fail to restore to us “the joy of His salvation”. The joy of salvation is ours because of supply, not because of something written with ink on paper. There is a power resident in this “brook in the way”! The brook flows and is only discovered by the pilgrims who walk in the way of the Lord.
The woman at the well inquired of Jesus in response to His offering of living water:
“Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep:
from whence then hast thou that living water?”
The “brook in the way” is a hidden provision. It is reserved for those who walk and live in the Way. When all seems hopeless, when there is no visible means of support, there is a sure resource that causes us to lift up our heads and stand in the strength of the One who is our salvation.
The word declares that those who discover this brook will become a sustenance for others, a “well watered garden”; a source of His water that will not fail in the time of drought and trouble.
“…thou shalt be like a watered garden,
and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not”
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“Many Christians estimate difficulty in the light of their own resources, and thus they attempt very little and they always fail. All giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on His power and presence to be with them”
– Hudson Taylor