Psalm 36:8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.
The Rolling Stones sold millions of records with their epic hit, “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction”. Apparently, unbridled immorality and more money than anybody could ever dream of having does not satisfy the human soul. Scripture confirms the truth of this song. Solomon wrote, “He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this [is] also vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 5:10) Why is it that worldly, temporal things cannot provide ultimate satisfaction? Because we were created to enjoy God and drink of the river of His pleasures. Living for sinful pleasures is like drinking salt water to quench your thirst.
The prophet Isaiah wrote: “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.” (Isaiah 55:1-3)
Jesus told the woman at the well, “Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:13-14)
If Mick Jagger puts his trust in Jesus Christ, he may write his song ever: God Has Given Me Satisfaction!!
Dear Pastor Ray,
I remember singing that song as a little kid before I learned to speak English. Years later after I learned about “double negatives” in school, when that song played on the oldie stations I remember thinking to myself: “Hmm, Mick was confused. If he CAN’T get NO satisfaction, doesn’t that really mean he can??” My conclusion? Mick was English but his English wasn’t all that hot. Years later, as a believer I heard that song again and had a “LOL moment”. I remembered my silly confusion as I sang along the part of the song “And I try, and I try, and I try…” Of course! I can’t get myself satisfaction (key word “I”), but He can. Psalm 107:9 “For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness.” Another correct observation by Mick since he (lower case) can try all he wants, but only He (upper case) can satisfy him. Matthew 19:26 “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”
Reading today’s devotional brought back memory lane for sure. Yes, we can be satisfied (the double negative thing), but only through Jesus. Mick and I can try and try and try all we want, but with men this is impossible. Only through His grace our longing souls can be satisfied. Reach out to Jesus and be satisfied for He is the way, the truth, and the life.
P.S. let’s keep praying for Mick 🙂