In 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León set sail for the New World in an attempt to find the legendary Fountain of Youth, a spring reputed to have the power to make old people young again. Of course, he found no such source. Yet the quest for eternal youth did not die with Ponce de León. Today modern science continues to search for ways to prolong youth. In contrast with this legend of youth for our temporal bodies, we have access to the fountain of life given to us by the Lord. “Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, Lord, preserve both people and animals. How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.” (Ps. 36:5-9)
The vivid image of “fountain of life” gives us a sense of fresh, cleansing water that gives life to the spiritually thirsty. This same picture is used in Jeremiah 2:13, “…They have forsaken me, the spring of living water…”. Jesus spoke of Himself as living water that could quench thirst forever and give eternal life: “but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14)
God is faithful, righteous and just. His love reaches to the heavens; His faithfulness reaches to the skies; His righteousness is as solid as mighty mountains; His judgments are as full of wisdom as the oceans with water (the “great deep”). We need not fear evil people because we know God loves us, judges evil, and will care for us throughout eternity. In contrast to evil people and their wicked plots that end in failure, God will triumph (Rev. 20:10).
Instead of looking for preservation within something that is created, let’s look to the Lord for our eternal salvation. “But in keeping with His promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.” (2 Peter 3:13)