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A Season of Psalms - Psalm 63:1, 4-5

Psalm 63:1, 4-5

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water…So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips…

English Standard Version (ESV)

“You’re not you when you’re hungry” is the current ad campaign for Snickers candy bars. The success of the campaign has even spawned the creation of a new word: “hangry,” which means we become irritable, frustrated, angry, or all of the above when our hunger goes unmet. Recent commercials feature ordinary people acting like disgruntled celebrities until their hunger is satiated by one bite of the candy bar. I wonder, was King David ever “hangry?”

David’s hunger wasn’t satisfied by Snickers, but by the Satisfier of souls. David sought God earnestly and was found by him. David hungered and thirsted for God; his food and drink were found in Him alone (see how he uses the word “you” or “your” 17 times in the first 8 verses). Jeremiah and Ezekiel both ate the words of the Lord and found their contentment in God through the Scriptures. The Samaritan woman at the well encountered the Source of living water. David’s ultimate satisfaction was in the God whose “steadfast love is better than life” and to Whom he could offer blessing by lifting his hands in praise. In verse 5, his soul is satisfied as if enjoying succulent, stomach-filling food, and because his hunger and thirst for God have been quenched for the moment, his mouth can “praise you with joyful lips.”

Snickers may satisfy our physical hunger, but God satisfies us even more. We can turn to Him again and again to have our souls filled. Drink deeply of His love and be filled to overflowing. Blaise Pascal: “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of each man which cannot be satisfied by any created thing but only by God the Creator, made known through Jesus Christ.” Are you hungry or thirsty? Come to the table, come to the Fountain, and renew your strength in the Savior. Trust me: He alone can satisfy!

Further Reading: John 4:1-26; Jeremiah 31:25

Pray with me:

Father, forgive us when we turn elsewhere to satisfy the longings of our souls. Only You can quench our deepest needs. Help us to drink deeply of Your goodness today, and fill us to overflowing. Give us more of You. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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