There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
The motif of living water is a meaningful one throughout the Bible (for example, Isaiah 55:1-2; John 4:10-14; 7:38-39). Water is essential to life and is a symbol of God’s Holy Spirit.
The city of God described here—with God in her midst, never to be moved—goes beyond the Jerusalem of today to foreshadow the New Jerusalem where God will dwell with men (Revelation 21:3). In New Jerusalem, a “pure river of water of life, clear as crystal” will flow from the throne of God (Revelation 22:1).
For more about this wonderful city of God, see our biblical study on the “New Jerusalem.”