“I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.” – Psalm 63:4-5
This past Christmas, my daughter sat on the floor, ready to open numerous gifts from family members. Sacks and tissue paper surrounded her like a barricade! Even before she finished opening the last present, she looked up at me and asked, “What else do I get?”
Now, there’s a perfect example of the human condition for you. Our flesh is never satisfied. No matter how much God has blessed us, we always want more.
As believers, we know that the Lord is the only way to experience lasting joy and that He alone brings peace to our souls. However, instead of looking to our Savior to fill us, we often gravitate toward the things of this world.
If you’ve searched for satisfaction in all the wrong places and have come up empty, perhaps you can relate to David’s heart cry in Psalm 63:1: “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” As David confesses that God’s love is better than life, he moves from sorrow to praise. He glorifies the Lord and lifts his hands in worship.
Nothing can truly satisfy us apart from the Lord – not wealth, possessions, food, success, or even relationships. If you are putting your hope in any of these things, it’s time to get alone with God and follow David’s example. Cry out to the Lord, and admit that you need Him. Tell Him that only He can satisfy your deepest longings. Then, praise Him. Praise Him with hands lifted high, and let your soul feast upon the glory of the Lord.