Canciones y Escritura (Songs & Scripture): “Ríos de Agua Viva (Rivers of Living Water)” (Alejandro Roop)

Note: This is my first Songs & Scripture post addressing a spanish worship song. But for the large percentage of Spanish-speaking countries that have hit up my blog (and it’s not as though the United States has a small percentage Spanish-speaking christians!), I can’t help but put out one of my favorite songs of all time, Ríos de Agua Viva, based on John 7:37-38. Please forgive my abysmal Spanish, it has grown quite rusty!

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Profe Roop, perdóname por mi español horrible.

Parque Nacional Iguazú, Argentina, foto por Lauren Settle
Parque Nacional Iguazú, Argentina, foto por Lauren Settle

Ríos de Agua Viva es una canción que es puramente Escritura, escrito por (cuando yo era estudiante allí) un profesor de Wheaton College (IL), Alejandro Roop. Esta canción fue una favorita del grupo de estudiantes de Wheaton (incluyendo a yo) que estudió en Argentina y Chile juntos en el año de 2009.

La cantamos en muchas iglesias en Chile como parte de una presentación. Hoy, yo la canto cuando necesito recordar la verdad que Jesús me ha salvado con “agua viva.” Nunca he encontrado una canción basado en Juan 7:37-38 en inglés que es tan hermosa.

También, creo que no hay suficiente canciones de adoración que son escritos de personas de que español es su primer idioma. Muchos son de inglés que eran traducidas a español. No es el mismo. Pero aunque yo sea oradora de inglés principalmente, esta canción me mueve. Es muy hermosa, especialmente cuando una iglesia usa “llamada y respuesta” con los hombres y mujeres.

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Sorry, Profe Roop, for my horrible Spanish. 🙂

Ríos De Agua Viva is a song that is pure Scripture, written by (when I was a student there) a professor of Wheaton College (IL), Alejandro Roop.  This song was a favorite of a group of Wheaton students (including myself) that studied in Argentina and Chile in 2009. 

We sang it in many churches throughout Chile as part of a presentation for them. Today, I still sing it when I need to remember the truth that Jesus has saved me with “living water.” I have never found another song based on John 7:37-38 that is so beautiful.

Also, I believe that there are not enough worship songs written by people for which Spanish is their first language. Many Spanish worship songs are just English worship songs translated into Spanish. They’re just not the same. But even though I am primarily an English-speaker, this song still moves me. It’s very beautiful, especially when a church uses “call and response” with men and women.

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Juan 7:37-38 (versión Reina-Valera 1960)
John 7:37-38 (NKJV)– about the comparable version to the Spanish “Reina-Valera”

Ríos De Agua Viva (Rivers of Living Water)
Escrito por (written by) Alejandro Roop/Álex Roop Martín
© ARM, Reverdecer.com
Para escuchar, haga clic aquí (To listen, click here): Ríos De Agua Viva
English translation (NKJV) on the right

En el último y gran día de la fiesta, /On the last day, that great day of the feast
En el último y gran día de la fiesta, /On the last day, that great day of the feast
En el último y gran día de la fiesta, /On the last day, that great day of the feast
Jesús se puso en pie (x2) /Jesus stood

y alzó la voz, /and cried out,
diciendo: /saying:

Si alguno tiene sed, /“If anyone thirsts,
que venga a mí y beba. /let him come to Me and drink.
El que cree en mí, /He who believes in Me
El que cree en mí, /He who believes in Me

como dice la Escritura, de su interior /as the Scripture has said, out of his heart
como dice la Escritura, de su interior /as the Scripture has said, out of his heart
como dice la Escritura, de su interior /as the Scripture has said, out of his heart
correrán ríos de agua viva /will flow rivers of living water.”
correrán ríos de agua viva /will flow rivers of living water.”
correrán ríos de agua viva /will flow rivers of living water.”

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Con amor,/ With love, 🙂

Lauren

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4 thoughts on “Canciones y Escritura (Songs & Scripture): “Ríos de Agua Viva (Rivers of Living Water)” (Alejandro Roop)”

  1. Lauren, this song Agua Viva is beautiful! We would like to use it on a mission trip in 2 weeks in Peru. Do you know where we can find guitar chords for it?

      1. Hi Lauren 🙂 I have not received a private message… did you send via email? We leave in 9 days for our trip, and my son would like to learn the chords with help from his teacher before we go if possible. Thank you in advance!

      2. Hi Julie!

        I’m sorry! I’ve reached out to the composer and thought I’d hear back but haven’t yet! I will try again to see if you guys can get the chords– I used to have them written down and lost them!

        Lauren

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