April 4, 2019

Dear Friends:

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives. ~Psalm 90:14

This Psalm is associated with Moses – and it is a cry from the heart of a people who are tired – exhausted – by years wandering in the desert. They are worn to the bone. And their cry to the Lord pierces us to the bone too: Satisfy us – meet all our needs with your love, Lord! Fill us to overflowing with yourself that our days may end not in futility, but in the joy of knowing you.

Believe it or not, God desires to meet all our needs. The cry of this Psalm is a witness to the truth that the Israelites have experienced – that the God who provides manna to feed them at daybreak also awakens them at daybreak with his unfailing love. Because with God, the dawn doesn’t just bring another day on the tread mill of life; he brings a new day filled with new hope and new life in Him.

The hard truth for many of us to grasp is that God is most satisfied when we are most satisfied in Him; He wants to fill us with his loving presence, if only we can create space for him among the demands of the day. In other words, God doesn’t want you to do more for Him; He wants you to be more with Him.

Sarah Edwards, who was a part of the Great Awakening with her husband, Jonathan, wrote in January 1742 about being filled with Jesus’ presence:

“All night, I continued in a constant, clear and lively sense of the heavenly sweetness of Christ’s excellent and transcendent love, of his nearness to me and of my dearness to Him….What I felt each minute…was worth more than all the outward comfort and pleasure which I had enjoyed in my whole life together. It was a pure delight, which fed and satisfied the soul.”

May our prayer during these Lenten days be that our ever-hungry hearts would be awakened to God’s love every morning and that we would find our fullest satisfaction in Him alone.

Journeying through Lent with you,