O God, you are my God, 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 have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
So I will bless you as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands and call on your name.
My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast,
and my mouth praises you with joyful lips
when I think of you on my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.
My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.
But those who seek to destroy my life
shall go down into the depths of the earth;
they shall be given over to the power of the sword,
they shall be prey for jackals.
But the king shall rejoice in God;
all who swear by him shall exult,
for the mouths of liars will be stopped.
In Psalm, 63, David is in the desert and yet he is praising God and declaring his contentment with all the Lord has provided.
I am not in the desert, but in the land of plenty. We have just celebrated Thanksgiving with family and church friends. We have praised God and thanked Him for who He is and for His many provisions in our lives. God is good!
And yet, and yet... we are not satisfied. Why?
I believe it is because we will never be truly satisfied this side of heaven. Our souls "thirst for you like someone in a dry, empty land where there is no water" Psalm 63: 1. Because God's spirit is in us at our creation, we will always yearn for Him because we know, as David did, that "your love is better than life."
Lay Leader, Pierce UMC