Then Israel sang this song: “Spring up, O well! Sing about it!” | Numbers 21:17
Recently, while I was worshiping the Lord and pressing into His presence, I began to hear the phrase, “Spring up, O well!”
In the book of Numbers, we read about the Israelite people. They had been traveling through the desert, and the people were beginning to grow weary. Yet the Lord, in His goodness, gave the Israelites water, even in the very midst of their ‘desert place.’
From there they continued on to Beer, the well where the LORD said to Moses, ‘Gather the people together and I will give them water.’ Then Israel sang this song: “Spring up, O well! Sing about it” (Numbers 21:16).
Many have been experiencing their own, personal ‘desert season.’ Things around you may feel barren, yet the Lord is saying, “Even in these hard and parched places, open up your mouth and sing! Yes, sing and declare, ‘Spring up, O well!’ I am going to cause My living waters to flow amidst the very desert places that you have been encountering. New life is springing up from the very circumstances that have appeared to be dead.”
I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs. I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive. I will set junipers in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress together, so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it (Isaiah 41:18-20).
Praise is vital in this season. I sense that the Lord is urging us to open our mouths and sing, open our arms and dance, and “get our praise on” like never before! As we do this, that hard ground will finally begin to break. I’m reminded of how Paul and Silas were imprisoned, facing the most dire circumstances. Yet, as the men praised God within their cells, the chains began to break off of them! See, despite Paul and Silas’ natural circumstances, they chose to lift up the Lord. Lift up your offering of praise to the Lord of Hosts, and watch your prison doors fling wide!
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose (Acts 16:25-26).
God is breaking chains of bondage that have once kept his people bound. His love is healing hearts, awaking them back to life. Though this season has been extremely intense, do not grow battle weary. Take heart, for new life is coming forth out of the desert places. Yes, it shall spring up suddenly!
Just like a seed falls to the ground and dies, eventually there comes a great harvest of new life from it. “Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds” (John 12:24). Your tears of intercession have been watering the seeds in your life, and I see a great harvest coming forth. Nothing has been lost that the Lord cannot restore. Lift your head and be encouraged! You are about to reap an amazing harvest, and truly, new life is springing up from the wastelands.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland (Isaiah 43:19).