by Jared Wilson
Awe. Transfixion on Christ. Confidence in him. Humility. Assurance, security. Transformed worship. New affections. Stronger hope and clearer peace in moments of grief and pain. Assassination of idols. Quicker con-brothers and sisters. Deeper love for God and deeper love for neighbor.
A psalm of the Sons of Korah ends with this line:
As they make music they will sing,
“All my fountains are in you.” (Ps. 87:7, NIV)
At the new birth, we receive the living water, flowing into our lives, quenching our spiritual thirst for all eternity. And as we grow in Christ, this rushing river breaks through dams in our flesh, creates tributaries and cataracts, rapids and swirling eddies, eroding and flooding dry ground. At any given point we may be able to say that more and more of our fountains—our energies, our affections, our sensitivities, our ascribings of worth—are found in God. Upon gospel wakefulness, however, we are as close to walking and leaping and praising God as ever, declaring, “All my fountains are in you!”
In Habakkuk 2:14 we receive the exhilarating promise that the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. This will be accomplished as our glory-claiming God claims more and more givers of glory as his own, as the power of the gospel proclaimed by a missional people creates more and more worshipers. What gospelwakened people experience is the knowledge of the glory of the Lord filling their souls like the waters cover the sea. To borrow from Abraham Kuyper, there is no square inch of our lives over which Christ who is Lord over all does not declare, “Mine!” and the gospel-wakened heart does not gladly proclaim “Yours!”
Excerpt from Gospel Wakefulness by Jared Wilson