13 May



“Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens, and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgements are a great deep: O Lord, thou preservest men and beast. How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. They shall be ABUNDANTLY SATISFIED with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of  life: in thy light shall we see light.” Psalm 36:5-9

As God’s children, we can be “ABUNDANTLY SATISFIED!” Yet for some reason (SIN and SELF!!),we settle for less! I am so guilty of settling when God wants me to soar on the wings of eagles! (Isaiah 40:31) I have been so challenged today to seek my satisfaction in Him!

This verse reminded me of the children of Israel and their wilderness wandering! Unfortunately, I can all too often compare myself to the Israelites! God wanted them to be “ABUNDANTLY SATISFIED,” yet they settled for sulking and complaining! God not only to desired to deliver them from the bondage of Egypt, but to be wonderfully real and present along the journey!

He makes His desire clear in Psalm 81:10, “I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: OPEN thy mouth WIDE, and I WILL FILL IT!” God wanted to “FILL” them with strength for the sandy trek across the wilderness, but they refused it. They refused it because it took action on their part. They believed their way was better although their way included SLAVERY!!! After receiving the blessing of physical needs met through manna, they even listed the ‘good’ things they missed from their years in bondage! ” We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick: But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.” (Numbers 11:5-6) It seemed they forgot about the years they spent toiling under Pharaoh’s oppression! How often do I dwell on what I viewed as ‘good’ in the past while missing the manna God has for me today?

They are found complaining so often along their journey! God was faithful to provide manna and quail on which to feed (Ex. 16:15) , a pillar of cloud by day, and a pillar of fire by night (Ex. 13:21) yet they wanted to go back to Egypt! How often do I complain about that which God has blessed me with? Yet how faithful is my God to keep on blessing! Exodus 13:22 tells us that God “took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.” Despite their doubt and constant complaining, God was faithful to supply their needs! Isn’t that just like Him!

But although God continued to provide for the Israelites, I believe that they missed out on incredible blessings as a result of their discontentment! Psalm 81:13 is testament to the great desire God had to bless His people and how their disobedience kept them from receiving those blessings! “Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways!” Oh what good things God had for them if they had only opened their mouths!

This parallels our Christian lives so well in that we often miss out on God’s goodness because we choose not to “open our mouths” and receive it! The final verse in chapter 81 gives us such a wonderful picture of what God desired to give, “He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied thee.”  Not just any wheat but the “finest!” Remember our God doesn’t desire to merely satisfy but to “ABUNDANTLY SATISFY!” Remember that He doesn’t just want to give us a little but to “FILL” our mouths and our lives with His goodness! Look what they missed out on!

May I be ready to “OPEN WIDE” and have Him “FILL” me! May I realize where ABUNDANT SATISFACTION is found and what I’m missing out on when I fail to seek Him! May I seek not to settle when I could be feeding upon the “FINEST OF THE WHEAT!”



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