It’s one of those tunes that you just don’t forget. So many years ago and yet it came to my mind as I meditated on Psalm 73:25-26, what the verses mean for our lives and how they invite us to behold Jesus.
Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is nothing on earth
that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
So, what’s the tune that came to mind? I Can’t Get No Satisfaction released by Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones in 1965. The verses had escaped my mind but the chorus just kept ringing, “I can’t get no satisfaction, I can’t get no satisfaction, ‘Cause I try and I try and I try and I try, I can’t get no, I can’t get no.”
My curiosity was getting the best of me so I went to the internet to find the lyrics. I just had to know what the writer was experiencing as he wrote the song and I felt the answer would be in the verses. Once I had read all the verses, I felt like the words were an expression of an extensive search for satisfaction and how no matter what he tried, satisfaction escaped him. I hear him saying, “I looked to the media and all they could tell me was how to improve my outward appearance. I tried hooking up with the girls but no satisfactions there either. I traveled the world, gained popularity, status and, of course, money but still no satisfaction…I try and I try and I try and I try, and I just can’t get NO satisfaction!”
It’s a sad story but one all humanity is born with, “a crave, a desire, a void” that has to be filled before our souls can find satisfaction and be at rest. Some of us are well familiar with this song because it was or is being played out in our lives. The chase was on, perhaps still is, to satisfy the void in our soul. We have tried this and tried that but yet no satisfaction. If I could just meet the right man, find another job or get that promotion, if I was just a little more popular or had a bigger house or nicer car, I would be satisfied. Once we get what we crave, it isn’t long before our souls are restless again. Satisfaction just keeps eluding us. It’s because we look for satisfaction in all the wrong places. Surely, we give the Lord thanks for every good and perfect gift! But understand that beholding the gifts more than the Giver will always lead to more craving and the search for satisfaction.
Asaph, the writer of Psalm 73:25-26 seems to have some understanding of our “craves and desires”. In verse 2, he admits to being envious of the prosperity of others and how oppressive it was to him. As he talked it out with the Lord and gaining God’s perspective Asaph realized that satisfaction could be found in God alone. Let’s read his words again because God has given us Asaph’s story so we will know the heart that pleases him.
Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is nothing on earth that I desire
besides You. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the
strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:25-26
No one else, nothing else can satisfy our soul desire but Jesus. I realize that for some of you, the idea of Jesus being able to satisfy both our outward and inner crave is a far fetch and that’s okay. The very fact that you are reading this blog is an invitation from God inviting you to taste and see that He is good and His steadfast love is better than life.
So I encourage you to hang around this blog page a bit as we behold the:
Abundant and awesome love,
Purity and holiness,
Infinite wisdom and
of the True and Living God, His Name is Jesus. He is the answer to all our “craves and desires” for He is I Am that I Am, everything we need (Exodus3:14)! Behold Him and I believe you will find yourself satisfied. I know I am! My soul has found satisfaction in Christ alone!
Jesus said to them, “I Am the bread of life;
he who comes to Me will not hunger,
and he who believes in Me will never thirst.
My soul finds rest in God alone;
my salvation comes from Him.
In Your presence is fullness of joy, in Your right
hand there are pleasures forever.
So, now my heart is singing a different song, Luther Barnes, “I Am So Satisfied with my Savior.” Watch the video below if you would like to join me in singing a song of praise to the Lord today.
“…Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!