Note: This post is the 6th in a series of posts about God’s unfailing love as found in the Psalms of David. See the first post here.
What do you long for? What do you spend your time pursuing, thinking about, planning for?
Maybe your dream house. Or a family vacation. Perhaps a better job or a higher education. What person or thing makes you think:
If only I could have __________________, then I’d be happy. I’d have everything I want.
And perhaps when you get it you are happy. For a little while. Until the desire for something else starts to grow. Something bigger, newer, better, more exciting.
David had everything this life could offer. He was king of Israel and lived in a palace. He had food, clothing, money, power, and women. Yet he discovered that none of those things truly satisfy.
In Psalm 63, David expresses his longing for and the soul satisfaction he found in the Lover of his soul.
1 O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land where there is no water.
2 I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory.
3 Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you!
4 I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
5 You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy.
6 I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night.
7 Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.
8 I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely. Psalm 63:1-8, NLT
David longed for God like a thirsty man on a desert pilgrimage longs for water. He valued God more than anything this world has to offer.
He got a taste of God’s unfailing love and then wouldn’t let go. He responds to God’s love for Him with praise and declarations of commitment.
There would be no other god for David. No other lover of his soul. Nothing else would satisfy. Nothing else would do.
I don’t know about you, but I want that special intimacy with the lover of my soul. God does not hide from us. He wants us to find Him. He waits, holding out to us that which alone can satisfy.
Our responsibility is to seek God and cling to Him. When we do, we will find that God’s hesed love brings deep satisfaction of our soul that nothing else can provide. Won’t you seek Him today?
While you listen to the song below, praise God for His unfailing love that’s “better than life.” How has God’s love brought you “soul satisfaction?”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Qe3TBlVuDQ