8th October 2020

True Satisfaction

“For he satisfies the longing soul…”
Psalm 107:9 (ESV)

It’s hard to believe that 55 years ago (1965), the Rock Band, ‘The Rolling Stones’ brought out a new record entitled, “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction”. Even today, some people consider this song to be the number one Rock & Roll hit of all time! When the record became popular, I was employed as an apprentice baker in my father’s family bakery in East Belfast (very few of them left now), and my father quipped that we should start a singing group, calling ourselves ‘The Rolling Pins’.

Joking aside, ‘True Satisfaction’, sadly, remains an elusive dream to many people today. It is not to be found in the pursuit of sex, pleasure, wealth, or in the abundance of material possessions. Many have ‘tried and tried and tried and tried’ as the song goes, and have failed to find the satisfaction they desire.

The Psalmist tells us in Psalm 107:9 that “He [God] satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.” The prophet Isaiah touched on the aspect of ‘eating what is good’. He wrote, “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labour on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare” (Isaiah 55:1-2 NIV).

The scriptures contain much figurative language, and these Old Testament verses are figurative also. They are telling us that we are to spiritually digest the things of God that we find in his written Word. When we trust God and meditate on his Word, we will find the satisfaction we are looking and longing for.

Further, in the New Testament, Jesus tells us that he is the ‘Bread of Life’, and if we ‘eat his flesh and drink his blood’, we will abide in him and live forever (John 6:46-58). It’s in the person of Jesus Christ that we find ultimate satisfaction—he is the Way, the Truth and the Life. The Psalmist also said, “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!” (Psalm 34:8). Not only are we promised spiritual satisfaction in Christ in this life, but we are promised the added bonus of sharing life eternal with God in his Eternal Kingdom! Praise God! It cannot get any better than that.

Prayer
Thank you, Father, that your Word clearly shows us where we can experience true satisfaction—the satisfaction that comes only from a close relationship with your Son, Jesus Christ.
Amen

Study by John Magowan

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About the Author:
John Magowan is a member of the Pastoral Council at Grace Community Church, Lisburn, Northern Ireland.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Lisburn
(www.grace-ni.org)
Ballymacbrennan School Hall
129A Saintfield Road
LISBURN
BT27 5PG

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