Isaiah 33:21

“The glorious Lord will be unto us a place of broad rivers and
              — Isaiah 33:21

Broad rivers and streams produce fertility, and abundance in the land.
Places near broad rivers are remarkable for the variety of their plants
and their plentiful harvests. God is all this to his Church. Having God
she has abundance. What can she ask for that he will not give her? What
want can she mention which he will not supply? “In this mountain shall
the Lord of Hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things.” Want ye
the bread of life? It drops like manna from the sky. Want ye refreshing
streams? The rock follows you, and that Rock is Christ. If you suffer
any want it is your own fault; if you are straitened you are not
straitened in him, but in your own bowels. Broad rivers and streams
also point to commerce. Our glorious Lord is to us a place of heavenly
merchandise. Through our Redeemer we have commerce with the past; the
wealth of Calvary, the treasures of the covenant, the riches of the
ancient days of election, the stores of eternity, all come to us down
the broad stream of our gracious Lord. We have commerce, too, with the
future. What galleys, laden to the water’s edge, come to us from the
millennium! What visions we have of the days of heaven upon earth!
Through our glorious Lord we have commerce with angels; communion with
the bright spirits washed in blood, who sing before the throne; nay,
better still, we have fellowship with the Infinite One. Broad rivers
and streams are specially intended to set forth the idea of security.
Rivers were of old a defence. Oh! beloved, what a defence is God to his
Church! The devil cannot cross this broad river of God. How he wishes
he could turn the current, but fear not, for God abideth immutably the
same. Satan may worry, but he cannot destroy us; no galley with oars
shall invade our river, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby.

On this day…

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