The songs written for worship in ancient Israel point us to God to find joy and fulfillment and satisfaction in life. No matter what the current “buzz” words are for those deep needs that drive our lives, Scripture sends us to one place to find what we seek:
…the Lord, the source of all my joy (Psalm 43:4)
The hearts of those who seek the Lord will rejoice with everlasting joy (Psalm 22:26)
A single day with the Lord is better than a thousand living the “good life” elsewhere (Psalm 84:10)
“I desire you more than anything on earth” (Psalm 73:25)
“You satisfy me more than the richest feast…” (Psalm 63:5)
I wonder, though, what refrains we might hear if we listen to the “songs” we are writing by our lives today. What things are we pursuing and looking toward to satisfy our longings and hopes? What do we desire more than anything on earth?
The creation’s tendency is, sadly, to wander away from the Creator, looking for joy and satisfaction elsewhere. Satan coaxed Eve into believing the lie, and we’ve been falling for it ever since. The Israelites did it countless times, in spite of God’s special blessings and protection.
We chase after the wrong things, too. The song that I’ve always thought says it best is the old hymn that prays, “Bind my wandering heart to Thee” because I am so “prone to wander.”*
When we do, though, we end up eating ashes.
Hungry hearts yearn to be able to sing some of those lines from the psalms. Our country even built the pursuit of this ultimate satisfaction into the foundations of its freedom. (Oh, so tempting to go down that detour, but, no, Elaine, don’t go there now…)
The One who is the Truth-teller has given us another, trustworthy foundation: Our wandering, hungry hearts find real and lasting satisfaction only in Him. He said those who come to Him will never be hungry again.
If you’ve found the Source of all joy and abundance, hold tightly.
If you are still looking, or if you scoff or doubt, then maybe you want a taste—to see for yourself?
It’s the only way you’ll ever know for sure …
* “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” by Robert Robinson
You will show me the way of life,
granting me the joy of your presence
and the pleasures of living with you forever.