In the ancient world, abundance of rain was extremely important because water was needed for agriculture. The Psalmist praises God for the good harvest. However, the river of God also brings to mind the river that flowed from Eden, the river that flows from Heaven in the visions of Ezekiel and John, and the river that Christ said flows from Himself, the Holy Spirit. We too are like a dry land that needs the river of life, the Holy Spirit, to come and bring forth fruit in us.
Thou visitest the earth and waterest it, thou greatly enrichest it; the river of God is full of water; thou providest their grain, for so thou hast prepared it. Thou waterest its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth. Thou crownest the year with thy bounty; the tracks of thy chariot drip with fatness. The pastures of the wilderness drip, the hills gird themselves with joy, the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.
Christ is risen from the dead,
By death trampling down on death,
And to those in the tomb,
He has granted life!