Desire to be satisfied

Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,

that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

(Psalm 90:14 ESV)

This is what I desire, to be satisfied by the steadfast love of God, despite the oxymoron — to satisfy is to put an end to desire or want by supplying what is needed.

In what manner does the steadfast love of God satisfy us? Is it satisfaction like that of eating chocolate or from making love? Is it satisfaction as in quenching thirst with cool, refreshing water? A common element in these examples, and all others I have been able to think of, is that the satisfaction does not last. Sooner or later all my desires begin to assert their wants again and I am faced with whether to meet those desires, and if so, how to best satisfy them. Maybe that is the key element in this discussion — how to best meet desires, because sometimes best could mean denying the desire its satisfaction (see James 1:14-15).

Indeed, one of the marks of a Christian is that we can resist gratifying some desires, specifically the desires of our sinful nature (Galatians 5:16-24). Having been born again by the Spirit we also walk in the Spirit and are enabled to discern which desires are from the sinful nature and which are from God. In this context using the example of quenching thirst with pure water is a very good illustration because Jesus Himself invites us to drink of the water of life: And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.” (Revelation 22:17). In these closing words of the entire Bible, Jesus calls us to allow our desires, our unsatisfied thirst, to drive us to Himself.

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