Always Full and Always Flowing

This is a poem I wrote based on a quote by John Newton: “Cisterns must be broken, but the fountain of living waters is always full and always flowing.” I’ve included the Scripture references that each verse is drawing from.

In the Scripture flows a river,
Bountiful, from God the Giver.
Those who plant beside its waters,
Meditating on its Author,
Find up-springing from its banks
Love and patience, joy and thanks,
From its righteous waters rolling,
Always full and always flowing. 

(Psalm 1:2-3, Galatians 5:22, Amos 5:24)

See on Calvary’s hill a fountain,
For the thirsty, satisfaction;
Plunge beneath the crimson tide
Flowing from the Crucified;
Find a drink that fully quenches
Flames of wrath for guilty wretches,
Never-ending grace atoning,
Always full and always flowing. 

(Zechariah 13:1)

When from the Bible’s flowing stream,
And fixed on love’s atoning theme,
A heart drinks full and well and deep,
Jesus to know and see and keep,
The Spirit plumbs a living spring,
A peaceful river watering,
From the believing heart, reposing,
Always full and always flowing. 

(John 4:13-14, John 7:37-39, Isaiah 48:18)

When weeping’s night is washed away
By living water on that Day,
And to the spring of life is given
Access freely, from the riven
Hand of Him who paid the cost
With His own blood upon the cross,
Hear evermore His saints extolling,
“Always full and always flowing!”

(Revelation 21:6, Psalm 30:5)

Praise the Fount of living waters,
Satisfying sons and daughters!
His great worth we will proclaim
When with faith we drink again
And return to feast each day,
Broken cisterns thrown away,
In His waters ever boasting,
“Always full and always flowing!”

(Psalm 63:1-5, Jeremiah 2:13)

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