Many people throughout history have been looking to fill a longing or satisfy a need within. It is a problem that knows no time barrier. Johnny Lee, a country western singer, sang about “looking for love in all the wrong places”. The rock band, U2, from Ireland sings a song, “I still haven’t found what I am looking for”. Everyone is looking for some type of fulfillment to bring them happiness. The world tries to fill up the empty spaces with any type of love, money, possessions, and/or a successful job. As a Christian, God is the one who fulfills us. In Psalm 90:14, the Psalmist asks God to “satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days”. Psalm 107:9 says that “he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things”. And Psalm 103:5 says that he “satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagles”. From these verses, we understand how God satisfies us. He satisfies us with unfailing love and based on the songs I quoted, we look for love in so many places but don’t look to the author of love Himself. God’s love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8a). As His pours out His love on us, we are filled with good things and our strength is renewed. Our response to Him should be to ‘sing for joy and be glad all our days”. So why do I even as a Christian struggle with this topic of satisfaction?? I think it has to do with any struggle of the Spirit within us to desire the things of God and yet be pulled by the worldly flesh into the things of man. Paul has said it well in Romans 7:15f where he talks about the battle within about knowing what I should do and yet still follow the sinful nature. Society puts pressure on us to be successful and look out for ourselves —literally crying out to be filled by money, possessions, human love or success. Like the Psalmist, we should be so thirsty that ‘as the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God”. I need to continually fill my longings with Jesus’ unfailing love and crave more time with God. His Word has promised that He will fill my desires with good things and that I will receive His strength. These promises warm my soul and give me happiness that only He can fulfill. My closing thought I want to share with you is a song called ‘Satisfied’ that I heard while volunteering at camp in June. It turns out it was an old hymn, “All my life long I had panted” but with a pepped up beat. Soak in these words and rejoice, for He has saved you and satisfies your longings!
Satisfied or All my life long I had panted
All my life long I had panted
For a draught from some cool spring,
That I hoped would quench the burning
Of the thirst I felt within.
Hallelujah! I have found Him
Whom my soul so long has craved!
Jesus satisfies my longings;
Through His life I now am saved.
Feeding on the husks around me,
Till my strength was almost gone,
Longed my soul for something better,
Only still to hunger on.
Poor I was, and sought for riches,
Something that would satisfy,
But the dust I gathered round me
Only mocked my soul’s sad cry.
Well of water, ever springing,
Bread of life, so rich and free,
Untold wealth that never faileth,
My Redeemer is to me.