May 19 8:02 AM
May 19 8:02 AM
May 19 8:02 AM
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
I'm going to go back a little bit. There are no old people at Lakeshore, only middle aged. I don't feel like I'm old, and whatever your age is if you come to Lakeshore, you will not feel old, you will be middle aged. So, I say that because I want to go back in time to the Rolling Stones. Yep. A life lifter involving the Rolling Stones. And they had a great hit song called, "I Can't Get No Satisfaction." I heard that they are going on tour one last time and they're calling the tour, "I Can't Get No Circulation." Haha!
Anyway, so they had a song called, "I Can't Get No Satisfaction," and today I want to talk to you about how you can get some satisfaction. If any of you know Mick, Keith Richards, and the other guys, maybe you could send them this. Then, maybe they can get some satisfaction. This idea comes from Psalm 63:5-7, where the psalmist says this about God. He says, "God, you satisfy me more than the richest of foods. I will praise you with songs of joy. I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night. Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings."
Think about an amazing dinner. What's your favorite food? Have you had to go to an amazing white-linen restaurant and have an amazing dinner. When you leave, you're not too full, not too empty. The psalmist goes on, saying, "I will praise you with songs of joy" because he's so satisfied. He lies awake thinking of God, meditating on him through the night. Those are pleasant thoughts. "I think how much you have helped me." That's satisfying. "I sing for joy in the shadow of your protecting wings." What is the psalmist saying? He's saying, "Every time I think about you, God, I get excited. You're better than than an amazing meal. I think about you at night. You help me when I have needs." How can you get some satisfaction? Start thinking more accurately about God. Start thinking about how good he is. Another kind of meal related metaphor is when the Bible says, "Taste and see, that the Lord is good" (Psalm 34:8).
Have you reflected on the greatness of God? If you do, and if you appropriate it in your life, you will get some satisfaction. What do you need to do to think more deeply about God? Maybe you need to read the Psalms. Maybe you need to read a book about the character traits of God. Whatever it takes, fall in love with God by reading more about who he is, and you'll be satisfied. I know this: the most satisfying times of my life are when I really see God for who he is, and I really see myself for who I am. I thank God that out of this whole world, he chose me and chose you if you're a Christian. It's an amazing thought. Find satisfaction in God. Stop drinking from other wells that don't satisfy. Stop drinking from dry wells, contaminated wells, and drink from the living water. Jesus said, "I am the living water and whoever drinks from me will never thirst again." Let God satisfy you.
Let's pray. Father in heaven, you are the most satisfying person in the universe. Forgive us for trying to find satisfaction in people, places, and things. Help us to find satisfaction in you, in thinking about you, falling more deeply in love with you. Help us to be satisfied in you. And everything else that we get in life is gravy. I asked this in Jesus' name, amen.