Category Archives: Satisfaction

Is Your Soul Satisfied?

satisfy“And I — in righteousness I will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.” Psalm 17:15 (emphasis added)

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

#Satisfaction #knowGod #musingz4life #missing #life #soul

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Not Always Forgotten

 forgotten“But the needy will not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the afflicted ever perish.” 

Psalm 9:18

Even the best of us feel forgotten from time to time.  Some are better than others at expressing their needs, while others keep a strong front as if they don’t need anything at all.  They appear independent and are usually the incredible caretakers whom we look up to because they get things done and are always taking care of other people’s needs.  No matter who you are, in God’s eyes we are all equal.  Everyone has some unmet need, some longing that has not yet been fulfilled, and it is this unfulfilled longing which levels the playing field for the human race regardless of their social or economic status.

For those who are used to achieving results through hard work and dedication, it can be pretty frustrating not to get what you want.  Some things are just out of reach, whether it’s the American Dream you’re striving for or that perfect soul mate who hasn’t come around in years.  What can you do?

“I have trusted the Lord without wavering.  Test me, O Lord, and try me.  Examine my heart and my mind, for your love is ever before me.”  Psalm 26:1-3

If God gave you everything every time you prayed, how does that require trust?  Psalm 9:18 promises that the needy will not always be forgotten.  If you’ve had some need or heart’s desire that has never been fulfilled, or if you have tasted the bitter fruit of disillusionment, God has not forgotten you, but He wants to see if you will be faithful to Him.  Will you waver in unbelief?  Will you react by rebelling against God and doing what you want, even if you know it’s wrong?  Are you willing to let God test your heart and examine what you’re made of?

Nothing is more trying than waiting.  But…

11 I have seen something else under the sun:

The race is not to the swift
or the battle to the strong,
nor does food come to the wise
or wealth to the brilliant
or favor to the learned;
but time and chance happen to them all.

Ecclesiastes 9:11

I have seen strong men fall and I have seen the disadvantaged rise to the top.  Who are the winners in society?  It is those who trust in God through time and chance, the good and the bad.

26 To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

Ecclesiastes 2:26

You don’t have to be rich or be married to be happy.  You don’t need multiple degrees hanging on your wall to feel validated.  I am not putting those things down; if you are well educated and wealthy, you have incredible blessings, but being blessed does not equate with happiness, for there are many rich, competent, high profile executives who are unhappy behind the mask they wear.  As Ecclesiastes 2:26 states, happiness comes from God alone, and He gives happiness to those who please Him.

He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:29-31

God created you to have a relationship with you.  Of course He wants to give you things that you desire; He is the “Good, Good Father” who cares for His children, but He wants you – He wants your heart, and the one recurring theme throughout the entire Bible is God’s longing for His people to trust in Him. God is the Original Source of our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual strength.  Will you commit to trusting in God without wavering?

#TrustGod #UnwaveringTrust #NotForgotten #Musings4Life #happiness

Chasing After the Wind

“What does man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun?  All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest.  This too is meaningless.”  Ecclesiastes 2:22-23

“Yes, everything is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage so that I could gain Christ and become one with him.” Philippians 3:8

What do you pour energy into day and night? That is what you value. If it’s not your relationship with God, you are just wasting your time and wasting away.

#EvaluatingMyPriorities #MeaninglessToil #ChasingAfterTheWind