The Fountain of Life

Your unfailing love, O Lord,
is as vast as the heavens;
Your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
Your justice like the ocean depths.
You care for people and animals alike, O Lord.
How precious is your unfailing love, O God!
All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings.
You feed them from the abundance of your own house, letting them drink from your river of delights.
For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see. Psalm 36

This is a beautiful description of Source. It describes a God who is generous and loving and who shares abundance with all of creation. It reminds me of Jesus’ words—his “I AM” statements. I am the bread of life. I am the living water. I am the light of the world. The Gospel of John records the relationship that Jesus had with God. “I and the Father are one.” Jesus’ life reflects the beauty of the God recorded in the Psalms.

It seems that Source shines light and shares living water with all of Its creatures—not just a chosen few. This has been true for all of eternity. But there have always been those who felt that Source was selfish and shared only with an “elect”. This exclusive view of God is misleading. Many turn away from knowing God better because many of the “true believers” have given the wrong impression about what God is really like.

Part of what Jesus accomplished during his short lifetime on earth was to demonstrate a picture about the beauty of God’s character. He was a witness to the generosity and inclusiveness of Source. His life gives us a perfect example of what it looks like when the Fountain of Life is pouring through one.

God still shares generously with us today. We can still drink from the river of delights and see by the light that God shines down into us. All we need to do is open our hearts towards God and invite the Spirit to live within us. When the Spirit lives in our hearts we will be fed from the abundance of God’s table. Taste and see that the Lord is good! This is the path of gnosis.