This year we're memorizing one promise from scripture a week. If you want to follow along with our verse cards you can find them HERE. We're also placing importance upon context and studying each verse as we go. We want to honor the original language, meaning, etc as we read so that we can accurately learn and avoid placing our own opinions upon God's words. I'm so happy you're here!
FOR HE SATISFIES THE LONGING SOUL, AND THE HUNGRY SOUL HE FILLS WITH GOOD THINGS · PROVERBS 3:5-6
This psalm is one of thankfulness for God’s steadfast love, mercy, and ability to fully satisfy. His love is recalled and proclaimed here as He specifically displayed it through rescuing of the Israelites in their exile.The Psalmist begins this passage by proclaiming all the places the Lord has redeemed people from, using descriptive language that seems to display just how far-reaching this redemption was. So many of us readers can connect with this – that we were once far off and He brought us ever so near. That maybe even when we preferred our false satisfaction, much like the Israelites did, He still came for us with a relentless desire to show us that He alone truly meets our needs and satisfies our hunger - with Himself.
When we read this specific verse, “and the hungry soul he fills with good things”, it can be so easy for us in our nature to believe these good things are material, or of this world in some way. While I believe the Lord of course loves to gives His children good gifts (Matthew 7:11), like financial peace and healthy families, and answers to prayer such as requests for job opportunities or even a spouse – the primary way the Lord fills our soul with good things and satisfies our hunger is with His presence. When we miss that reality or refrain from walking in THAT Truth, we easily become discontent, filled with unbelief, and shaken by our circumstances. We’ve chosen the gift over the giver. But, when we walk in the Truth that He satisfies the longing soul with His presence more than any other thing, we experience a peace that surpasses anything else we could ever thirst for.
This promise of satisfaction in Him is easier to read and desire to believe than to truly walk in. On our own strength, we are completely incapable of recalling this promise to mind and living in light of it. But the good news is that Jesus Christ has made His home in the hearts of all who have invited Him to take up residence there! The best thing about His nearness is that we have already been most fully ‘satisfied’, as our most primary need is to be restored in our relationship with God. The second best thing about His presence in us (in my opinion ;) ) is that we are now able to receive the fruit of His Spirit in any and every situation. We are able to be directed and empowered and strengthened and built up in more of God and less of ourselves, as the Spirit moves in us to transform our hearts and minds. Praise God that He doesn’t ask us to follow Him and leave us to our own defenses to figure out how – He gives us Himself in the Holy Spirit, the most Wonderful Counselor. He helps us to grow in the belief that the presence of God is our truest source of satisfaction, if we’ll only acknowledge our need for Him to do so.
In the lines just before our memory verses, the Psalmist says that the people cried to the Lord in their trouble and God responded by leading them in the right direction. Let’s pray for belief that the God in this Psalm moves and works today in all the ways He did then – He is a God of response and fulfillment, even if it isn’t in the ways we specifically ask for. I love that the reference in my ESV study bible to this chapter of the Psalms says “Let The Redeemed Of The Lord Say So”. As I read that it got me thinking of how the word “amen” means “let it be so”. It’s like the Holy Spirit wants us to enter into reading this passage with the reminder that this Psalm is a declarative truth of redemption with which we have been given the gift of proclaiming. We “say so”, as the Psalm heading prompts, by acknowledging that God has satisfied our longing hearts by giving us Himself. Goodness - what a Truth to cling to, to meditate on, to pray for MORE belief in, to share with other people. A message of hope that there is a full hearted-ness to come from even the emptiest of circumstances when you possess the presence of Christ.
Amen, amen, amen. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.