Like Holy Water on my Skin

This song devotional borrows heavily from this resource: Is ‘Holy Water’ Biblical? | The Berean Test 

If you pay any attention to popular christian music, you’ve likely heard “Holy Water” by “We The Kingdom”. It peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs*. The title might remind you of ceremonial holy water used, for example, in the Roman Catholic church. But water used for Holy purposes is also mentioned in the Old Testament, which required water to purify ceremonially unclean people (Leviticus 15:1-32Leviticus 16:1-34, and Leviticus 17:15, and Numbers 19:17).  But that use of water is from the Jewish tradition, and it wasn’t for the purpose of forgiveness, which is the focus of this song.

This song is actually using water as a metaphor for the Holy Spirit, and that is a very Biblical concept, both in the old and new testaments. Let’s look at some verses about that before we hear the song:

Do you know how it feels when you are filthy and sweaty from hard work (or camping) and you just really need a shower?

Ezekiel 36:25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you.

What about when you are parched from working out? Or perhaps you’ve had a houseplant that you’ve neglected and you see that the soil is all dried up around it, so you give it some water. What does the presence of water do then?

Isaiah 44:3 For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.

John 4:14 But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

The water referenced in these verses is a metaphor for the Holy Spirit, and that is spelled out here:

John 7:37-39 … Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

You can also see in that verse that, as Christians, we are not only the recipients of water, but we are to bring water to the world.  How can you allow the Holy Spirit to work through you? How can you be refreshing to the world around you today?

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