A couple years ago I came to an alarming discovery. It was a busy time for our family. My daughter had just been born. It was a busy time in the life of our church. Many things stole my attention. A number of situations and various pressures in work and ministry kept me in the office longer than usual.
I had only been married a couple years. I was a new dad. I was still discovering my voice, strengths, weaknesses, goals, and obstacles as a pastor and leader. I wanted to be great. I wanted to be known as a good husband, dad, and pastor. And so I worked really hard. I was anxious. I was easily angered. I was tired. I wanted to achieve. But I felt like I was chasing a moving target.
Have you ever felt like that?
I had a brand-new, beautiful baby girl… an incredible wife… and a job I loved. But I wanted more. That was my alarming discovery. I wasn’t satisfied.
In Psalm 90:14 the leader of leaders, Moses reflects on a difficult time. His reflection is actually a prayer. Some undisclosed disaster had recently devastated the people of God. And so Moses goes to God in that pressure, with questions. He is understandably anxious, and has a simple, yet powerful request … satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
That’s what I wanted.
That’s what I craved.
In some ways I think we all want satisfaction. I know the Rolling Stones do. But like the Stones, satisfaction is an elusive joy. Right? But it doesn’t seem elusive to Moses at all. He seems to know exactly where satisfaction can be found… and how. He knows exactly who can bring full and lasting contentment even in the middle of disaster and pressure. Moses asks God to bring satisfaction through his steadfast love.
The idea that the God of the universe possesses a steadfast love and a desire to bring gladness and joy to my life is incredibly hopeful. Can you see how powerful this reminder can be when reflected upon at the beginning of the day? Before work. Before traffic. Before interruptions. Before disappointments. Before good news. Before bad news. Before busyness. Before nap times. Before baseball practice. Before play dates. Before meetings. Before… well, anything and everything a day might bring.
Finding satisfaction in God’s love sets a tone. Grounding ourselves in his delight changes us. And finding it in the morning, at the start of a new day changes everything. It dismantles temptation before it even starts. It reminds us that nothing else can truly satisfy. [<-- Tweet That!]
What in your life promises satisfaction but never delivers?
What do you chase after everyday?
What do you look for during your day to bring you gladness and joy?
What satisfies you?
Our mornings give way to days. Our days to years. And years to all our days. Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love … Each misguided affection points us to this reality—God’s love uniquely satisfies.
So I’d encourage you to start everyday by asking this, “Am I truly satisfied in God’s love?”
This post was written by our Teaching & Singles Pastor, Jason Helveston.