“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips” (Psalm 63:1-5 ESV).
David wrote this Psalm in what seems to be utter desperation; but it’s not as though God is withholding Himself from David. God doesn’t open someone’s eyes to His beauty, to His goodness, to His steadfast love and then take it away. And David knows this; he himself says in verse 5 that his, “soul will be satisfied.” So what David is saying here is that God is so glorious, so amazing, so soul-satisfying that no matter how much of God He has, it will never be enough. That’s why he so eagerly seeks after God; that’s why his soul thirsts and his flesh faints for God.
C. S. Lewis once said that God in the Psalms is the “all satisfying Object.” But that’s not just true in the Psalms, it’s always true. The problem is that we always look to lesser things for satisfaction; and I suppose in that sense all men—Christian or not—are seeking for God. We are always looking for supreme satisfaction, but in our sin we are looking in the wrong places; our blindness to the glory of God and His steadfast love leads to us robbing ourselves of genuine satisfaction. For instance, I’ve always been a picky eater, but it used to be really bad. I didn’t like chicken until I was 21 years old. And to my shame I didn’t like steak until I was 22. For so long I settled for things like hotdogs and hamburgers, completely oblivious to what I was missing, and robbing myself of all the delicious goodness in a steak; but after that first taste I was hooked.In a much more intense way, and a much more satisfying way, when we taste and see that the Lord is good our appetites are forever changed. And now that we know what true satisfaction is, we can’t get enough. Jesus becomes our supreme treasure and delight…
I am nothing; Christ is all!