Peace like a river

August 21, 2012 — 4 Comments

Do you know the simple children’s song, “I’ve got peace like a river?”

There are three verses and each gives a word picture of a fruit that the Holy Spirit grows in us.

I’ve got peace like a river in my soul

I am the Lord your God,
who teaches you how to succeed,
who leads you in the way you should go.
If only you had paid attention to My commands,
your peace would have been like a river…
Isaiah 48:17-18


I’ve got love like an ocean in my soul

O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!
Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me!
Underneath me, all around me, is the current of Thy love
Leading onward, leading homeward to Thy glorious rest above!


I’ve got joy like a fountain in my soul


Those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again.
It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them,
giving them eternal life.
John 4:14


We sang this song on Sunday, repeating each verse’s single phrase over and over again [six times if you’re counting]. It reminded me how Jesus told His disciples they needed to change and become like little children if they wanted to enter the kingdom of heaven.

The same simple faith is how the Holy Spirit grows fruit in us as we remain attached to the vine. Though it’s not always easy, it isn’t complicated. I just have to be like the child who reaches for her parent’s hand and doesn’t let go.

Indeed you will go out with joy;
you will be led along in peace;
the mountains and hills will give a joyful shout before you,
and all the trees in the field will clap their hands.

Isiah 55:12

4 responses to Peace like a river


    What a nice way to meditate on joy, love, and peace by thinking about fountains, rivers, and oceans. I always liked this song, but reading this post made me imagine what these fruits might look and feel like.


    You’re example is good IF you have kids and IF you can relate to the picture of a kid with their hand in their dads hand. This is a great picture for you. But there are a bunch of us out here for which that picture simply doesn’t mean anything, because we have no framework for it. I like the thought, but it’s hard to hang my hat on something I can’t understand. I am working on it though …..


      Thanks for sharing your response. It’s something I have to work on too–to experience God’ as my loving heavenly Father. It’s amazing to think that He cares for us like a parent cares for a child, and lets us come to Him with the simple trust of a child. I love how Eugene Peterson puts it in The Message:
      “This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children.” Romans 8:15-16


    I love this too- especially the image of joy as a fountain (and the little girl in that last picture). :)

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