Water is a significant, symbolic element mentioned many times and in many configurations in the Bible. Today, I want to meditate upon the form of waterfalls.
Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls; all Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me. (Ps 42:7)
But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. (Amos 5:24) This is an image of a waterfall which certainly “rolls down” like an ever flowing stream.
But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life. (Joh 4:14) This verse promises an everlasting flow of water (everlasting life).
The concept of a waterfall has many possible meanings, and I’m going to mention several. It will give us a rich background in order to help us to reflect upon our great gift of salvation.
“Deep calls out to deep” may signify the depth of man’s need calling out to the depths of God’s unfathomable greatness. Life’s troubles were felt to be gushing, with one overwhelming swell coming after another. The deep trials the psalmist faced kept coming, like breakers—deep after deep, wave after wave..
A waterfall may also represent us letting go of control and our submission to God, as well as experiencing a process of spiritual cleansing. There is also the sense of a continuous flow of energy and life seen in a waterfall.
Chris Tomlin, in his song Waterfall, likens God’s love to a waterfall, running wild and free, raining down on us. In the song, Chris says that God is an “ocean to my soul.” It suggests that God’s love quenches our thirst for Him. According to the song, believers are covered in “rivers of grace.” These are wonderful, beautiful images.
The conclusion to be drawn is that God’s mighty love and His desire to meet our needs is always available to us and always rolling out to cover us! Open your heart and life to Him. Praise the Lord!