The psalmist here equates seeing God with satisfaction. When you consider things, people or activities that give you satisfaction, does your relationship with God appear on that list?
We humans derive our enjoyment from a variety of things. Quality time with people we love, hobbies we enjoy, favorite foods we eat and destinations we travel to all produce “happy” chemicals in our brain such as dopamine, endorphins and oxytocin. Dopamine and endorphins are released from two separate areas of our brain; in a nutshell, Dr. Norm Doidge connects dopamine to short-lived excitement and anticipation stemming from appetite, and he links endorphins to calming, fulfilling satisfaction that’s produced by things, activities or people, like exercise, quality relationships or other healthy practices requiring long-term commitment and investment.
When you read the psalms in the Bible, you can definitely tell that King David and other psalmists found their satisfaction in God:
“My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.” Psalm 63:5
“And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God.” Job 19:26
“They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights.” Psalm 36:8
Delighting in God certainly has long-term benefits for your happiness as well as your soul. However, it takes time to cultivate your relationship with God, and it certainly is not an overnight process. I’m sure you’ve heard of these adages:
- Good things come to those wait
- There are no shortcuts to real success
So, where do we go from here? As Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has said, “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.” With regard to your relationship with God, start sowing thoughts of God’s greatness and meditate on the psalms. Make it a point to spend time with God each day. Start off small, and the small steps will increase to bigger steps as you find more and more satisfaction in your walk. Enjoy the eternal pleasures that are coming your way!
“You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” Psalm 16:11
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