I Shall Be Satisfied

Michael Beck

“As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.” (Psalm 17:15)

Worldly sorrow involves the loss or lack of good things in this world. The heart of man is cheered when it possesses its desire, and saddened when it goes without. Solomon is well aware of what makes men happy. “Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.” (Eccl. 11:9) What is the wise man’s advice to the pining youth? “Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.” (Eccl. 11:10)

Removing sorrow from our heart is easier said than done. How can we stop being sorrowful when we continue having desires that are left unmet? God Himself created us with desires, but He also placed us in a world which was bound to frustrate and disappoint us. We can’t always get what we want. And even when God would give us our heart’s desire, there is a waiting period in which patience must be allowed to work.

Patience is meant to yield much more than the good things we long for. God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts. His plan for our life is greater than our own plan. He knows where our ultimate happiness lies – and it is not in the abundance of earthly things we possess. Paul set his sights on the things of God. For the gain of heaven’s treasure, he counted all down here as loss.

How hungry are we for more of God? God uses a wilderness of want to try our hearts. Will Satan exploit the dry and barren land we dwell in to produce sorrow and bitterness of heart? Will we be consumed by resentment, anger, and envy; or, will we let God perfect us through the suffering of want? There is no more fertile ground to abound and increase us in the things of heaven than a landscape of earthly want.

Worldly sorrow can only be removed when it is replaced by godly joy. Earth’s lack is more than made up for by the gain of heaven’s treasure. Know that when you “desire to have, and cannot obtain,” God “giveth more grace.” (James 4:3,6) In the midst of every tribulation, set your sights on the things of greatest value, let patience have her perfect work, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. He wants to satisfy you in a way that nothing or no one else can.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.