Guaranteed Satisfaction — Grateful, yet Grieving

(Photo: Unsplash)

Psalm 90:14 (NIV)

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.

When I first moved to California, there was a car salesman who had a television commercial that would announce, “Satisfaction guaranteed” accentuating each syllable like a military sergeant. His pronouncement was believable. It was a promise to make certain you were happy with his product.

It doesn’t take us long to discover that our search for satisfaction isn’t guaranteed. Disappointment and disillusionment dash our hopes in people, stuff, and experiences. These shiny things appeal to our dissatisfaction but don’t completely meet our deepest needs. We go into relationships desiring to meet a need for feeling special. Stuff and experiences invite us to look for status and safety. But it’s short-lived and unsustainable.

This verse in Psalm 90 is a request and desire from the psalmist to have God satisfy him with something that truly meets his deepest need, his unfailing love. God’s love supplies what we truly need; God’s love is faithful, complete, and never runs out. We don’t have to earn it or perform. Nothing can separate us from his love.

In Romans 8:38-39 (NIV), Paul reminds us that “neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, neither the present nor the future, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Tony Horsfall, in his book, “Working from a Place of Rest” says, “we are God’s beloved children, loved by him, unconditionally and eternally. This gives us our security and self-worth and meets our need for significance.”

The second half of the verse is the “so that” or the equal sign of what results with this satisfaction: a sense of contentment and joy that is solely based on the endless and eternal love from a God who keeps all his promises. 

Dear Lord,

Let this verse be our desire every morning, to have You, and You alone, satisfy us in the deepest places with Your unfailing love. Sustain us, surround us, as we invite You, to meet our deepest needs. Thank you, Lord, for a love that will not let us go. In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.