Satisfaction…on the inside…


Two hands preserve a green tree against a thunder-storm

Scripture: Psalm 63: 1 O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. 2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. 3 Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. 4 So I will bless you as long as I live; I will lift up my hands and call on your name. 5 My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast, and my mouth praises you with joyful lips.

Observation: If you read all of Psalm 63 it becomes clear that the writer (likely King David) has powerful enemies. He is under some duress. Yet, rather that focus on the source of his problems, he focuses on his salvation from God the Father.

Application: This morning I particularly notice verse 5 “My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast…”. There may be some turmoil on the outside, but David is “satisfied”on the inside. There is no sense of lack in him, despite his troubles. This is a kind of satisfaction money cannot buy.

In my travels I’ve been to places of extreme poverty, as I’m sure have many of you. What is striking is how wonderfully happy and content people can be despite their impoverished lifestyles – particularly in comparison to relatively wealthy people in my home community who appear to be anxious, stressed much of the time.

In truth, I’m often more like the latter group than the former. I can look for contentment via external circumstances rather than as an internal reality given as a gift of God’s grace – given irrespective of what’s happening “out there”.

Prayer: Kyrie eleison (Lord have mercy). Amen.

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