Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Satisfaction Guaranteed

The Hebrew word for “satisfy” is saba, to fill, make full, have plenty, be fulfilled. Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones declared to their generation, “I can’t get no satisfaction.” But the psalm writers declared to their generation an abundance of satisfaction. They were looking for it in a different place, or rather, a different Person.
As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness;
I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.
(Psalm 17:15)

The poor shall eat and be satisfied;
Those who seek Him will praise the LORD.
(Psalm 22:16)

The LORD knows the days of the upright,
And their inheritance shall be forever.
They shall not be ashamed in the evil time,
And in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
(Psalm 37:18-19)

Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.
Thus I will bless You while I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.
(Psalm 63:3-5)

Blessed is the man You choose,
And cause to approach You,
That he may dwell in Your courts.
We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house,
Of Your holy temple.
(Psalm 65:4)

Oh, satisfy us early with Your mercy,
That we may rejoice and be glad all our days!
(Psalm 90:14)

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.
(Psalm 91:14-16)

Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits …
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
(Psalm 103:2, 5)

He waters the hills from His upper chambers;
The earth is satisfied with the fruit of Your works.
(Psalm 104:13)

What You give them they gather in;
You open Your hand, they are filled [saba] with good.
(Psalm 104:28)

For He satisfies the longing soul,
And fills the hungry soul with goodness.
(Psalm 107:9)

I will abundantly bless her provision;
I will satisfy her poor with bread.
(Psalm 132:15)

The eyes of all look expectantly to You,
And You give them their food in due season.
You open Your hand
And satisfy the desire of every living thing.
(Psalm 145:16)

For He has strengthened the bars of your gates;
He has blessed your children within you.
He makes peace in your borders,
And fills [saba] you with the finest wheat.
(Psalm 147:13-14)

When we look to God for everything, He will satisfy us in every way.