Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Song of A Soul Satisfied

By: Min. Angela Lee Price
Psalm 104 is a song of a soul satisfied. If you want to know what it means to be truly satisfied, I suggest you turn here.  Although it does not list an author, many scholars attribute this psalm to David.  David found his soul's search satisfied in God.  The Hebrew word for "satisfied" is a key term in this psalm.  The earth is satisfied (v. 13), the trees are satisfied ("flourish," v. 16), and all of the earth's inhabitants are satisfied (v. 16 &; v. 28).  The word "satisfied" means that a need, desire, or expectation has been met by something or someone.  It also means to be fulfilled or to be free of doubt or question.
In the late '60s, the Rolling Stones recorded a popular secular song called, "I Can't Get No Satisfaction."  Otis Redding and others artists recorded it as well. 
The song was about a man who tried, and tried everything to "get gurly action." He listened to the radio, watched television, flew around the world, but he just could not get what he was searching for.  What he found was a man providing "useless information" on the radio, and people in their addiction, a cigarette smoker on the television who didn't smoke his brand of cigarette, and a woman in another country who told him to come back next week because she was on a "losing streak."   The song is a classic.  It perfectly captured the human longing to be fulfilled. 

In the quest for satisfaction, people will try anything and search everywhere.  They turn to pundits and so-called experts. They turn to sex, drugs, alcohol, social media, gambling, and the club scene.   Advertisers sell products with the statement, "Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back."   Searching for satisfaction, however, many have fallen victim to the tricks, the schemes, the wiles of the enemy. Many have ended up strung out and addicted to drugs, divorced or estranged from their loved ones, bankrupt, and deep in debt while trying to fill that God-shaped place in their souls that only God can fill.

The human experience is a spiritual search to get our questions about life and why we are here answered.  Paraphrasing Helen Keller, many persons have the wrong idea of what constitutes true soul satisfaction.  It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to God.  A soul satisfied envisions God in everything (vv. 1-4), relies on God (vv. 5-18), seeks God (vv 19-26), receives the Spirit of God (VV. 27-32), and meditates on God (VV 33-35).    If you have tried, and tried, and tried, but you just can't get no satisfaction, then try Jesus. God sent His only Son Jesus to died for your sins that you might have life abundantly (John 3:16 & John 10:10).  Jesus saves!


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