Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
how I praise you!
I will praise you as long as I live,
lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
I will praise you with songs of joy.
Psalm 63:3-5 (NLT)
Last week we lost someone very close to us. He went to sleep and is resting in Jesus' arms. It was a very stressful, hard to get through, emotional, overwhelming week. We will lay him to rest this week. I hope you don't mind if I share some of the things I pondered and heard in my prayers this week.
This morning, as it dawns on me that it's Thanksgiving (and trust me, I am just processing this), I realize we still, in spite of life's hardships, have a lot for which to be thankful.
Most importantly is God's unfailing love. As these few weeks have passed, God has been present. Each morning when I got up and turned to him for comfort, he said exactly the right things. He knew just what I needed to hear in that moment for that day. I told a friend of mine that he was shouting this week so I wouldn't miss his voice in the midst of the noise.
David also celebrated this love. He said two things in the verses above that caught my eye this morning. Your unfailing love is better than life itself. How appropriate. When we know someone who has lost their life or when we face losing ours (which we will at some point), that is not the end of it. The end of it is when we get to spend time with Jesus and feast forever.
The other line was You satisfy me more than the richest feast. As we are preparing to fill up and in a lot of cases, over indulge, we will still not be truly satisfied. We'll be full. We'll be stuffed but in a few hours, the hunger will return and we will not be complete. Only one thing brings us that complete satisfaction. A relationship with Jesus. We can come back to the table over and over and over again. We can ask for seconds and thirds and four hundreds. The food never dries up and we are fed each time to complete satisfaction. The satisfaction lingers long past the meal.
Friend, as you celebrate all you are thankful for this year, my prayer is that you will celebrate your relationship with Jesus. His unfailing love is forever satiating.