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Satisfy us early

'O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil. Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children. And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us; and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.'

Psalm 90 14-17

We all have our dreams and our desires, things that we would love to see come to pass in our lives. We long to see our family and loved ones saved. We yearn for revival in our land and we pray that our Lord would raise fearless preachers of the Gospel. As individuals we desire to shine for Christ. We long to be different and to have a holy boldness that surpasses the fear of man.

Often we get frustrated when we see little or no sign of our earnest petitions coming to pass. It is then that we tend to seek other things that would satisfy us. Worldly gain, futile things, things that are not really important and yet we believe that if only we could have such, life would be so much better.

The world holds all these things before us and promises them to us if only we will take our minds and our hearts from the Lord and His service. Our flesh may lust after many things yet have we not learned that even if these things were granted to us, they would soon be viewed as vanity.

The longing soul of the child of God can only be satisfied with Himself. It is a love affair whereby the bride yearns to be alone with her Husband. Eyeing her own garments only depresses her. She will only be satisfied when viewing her Bridegrooms face.

It is wonderful to see couples happy and in love. Their eyes filled with adoration for one another. They live for each others company. No other will do.

Can you imagine the yearning in the soul of our Lord as He awaits His bride? There is adoration and love in His eyes as He watches history unfold and His work on earth nearing completion. It would be good for us to be found faithful to our Beloved. Waiting patiently His return.

Our needy souls long to be satisfied. All too often we are found looking in the wrong direction. We forget that we are spiritual beings and that spiritual food alone can satisfy our hunger.

Each new day there is a banquet set before us. The Lord does not spare anything when it comes to meeting our souls need. Every good and every perfect gift comes from His hands.

A couple in love, when apart will gaze longingly at a photograph of their desire. The Bible is a mirror image of our Beloved. It tells His story. It holds His Words. He is able to embrace us through His Word.

Why is it that we are so reluctant to spend time studying our Bibles and giving time in earnest prayer? Do we go to His word with the attitude that we are not going to hear Him speak today?

Do we read as part of our good works or a daily task? When we pray are we truly believing that we are going to receive that for which we have asked? Do we believe that God is listening and hearing our petitions? Is faith active in our lives today?

Like the muscles in our body, faith needs to be exercised in order to grow and be strong. Resistance is a major factor in building up muscles. There is no easy way to increase faith, just as there is no easy way to gain strong, healthy muscles.

The trials and difficulties that come our way are designed to wean us from the distractions of this world and to seek earnestly the face of our Lord. They are also sent to work faith in us.

The Psalmist longed to be satisfied early. There is no doubt that we become weary through endless trials.

He experienced much trial and tribulation yet he knew that the Lord could quickly remove his burdens and bless him according to the years wherein he had known affliction. He knew that God was Just and that if he suffered it was for a reason. It all would work together for his good.

Reading the Gospels, there is hardly a page where the Lord is not giving. The lame walk, the deaf hear, the blind see, the sick are healed and the dead raised to life. He is more willing to give than we are to receive.

There are times when our faith is weak and we find our spiritual exercises to be difficult. We pray not really believing that we are going to receive. It is half hearted. Talking but to whom? Words but who is listening?

We do not feel that we are worthy to receive any good thing from God. My friend we did not deserve to be saved, yet in mercy and in love He did save us.

He chose us remember!

Often we wish that we had gifts that other people have. If only we could do this or that for the Lord. Life then would be great! We are what we are. Each one with his or her own talents and characteristics. We each have our part to play. Let us do all that we can as heartily unto the Lord.

May the God of all comfort and grace satisfy us and feed us with the finest of the wheat. May handfuls of purpose line our path. May our weak hands and feeble knees be strengthened and our souls revived in such a way that we will magnify the Lord.

Give us this day eyes to see Thee, feet to run after Thee and arms to embrace Thee. May the beauty of our God be upon us and may others see His image in us. That my friend will indeed make us glad. Christ in us, the hope of glory.