“Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled.” Luke 6:21
God’s people live with an expectation of being filled. These verses really hone in on our life with and without Christ. Without Him, it is truly a life of lack compared to being spiritually satisfied and complete in Him.
One that hungers has not yet retained enough within him to turn over the plate and say, “Thank you, but that’s enough. I’m done. I am completely full.” Spiritually speaking, he that hungers has a need for more, for more of Him. And that’s okay because that one recognizes that it is only in Christ where his soul can truly be satisfied, knowing, “Ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power,” Colossians 2:10. This is where the malnourished soul is embraced and filled with the satisfaction of the Savior.
David celebrated finding satisfaction in God alone. He says it like this:
“Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.
Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O Lord, thou preservest man and beast.
How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.
For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.” Psalm 36:5-9
In the verses preceding these, David describes different characteristics of those who don’t look to God for their filling. He describes them as wicked and with whom “there is no fear of God before his eyes” (Psalm 36:1). These have rejected God’s way, His path, and salvation for their lives. They live a life in opposition to the Father’s good plan and have chosen to fill themselves with the pride of self rather than seeking a life that can be made complete in Him (Colossians 2:10).
Opposite that, we who know God recognize, as David did, God’s mercy through it all. We recognize His daily faithfulness. We see His righteousness through the clouds of evil. We know of His lovingkindness because we have experienced it for ourselves countless times over. And with that, we place ourselves under His trust, sheltering under the “shadow of thy wings.”
In God, we are “abundantly satisfied.” We rest, hope, and live in the blessings of the Lord (Acts 17:28). And these blessings aren’t necessarily something we are seeking from the Lord, but they come as an overflow of being attached to the Lord.
Our relationship with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, has poured out into our lives a certain filling that the wicked of the world will never be able to comprehend. That’s why when things aren’t okay, or when plans go awry, or when pain is introduced into areas of our life we wish it would avoid, we can still securely rest in the hope of who God is in our lives: our true soul’s satisfaction.
With God, there is a “fountain of life.” Fountains are not stagnated. Their waters are always moving and flowing and fresh. God flows life over, and for, and through His children. He is our sustaining grace, renewing us day by day with His strength and love (2 Corinthians 4:16).
There is not a moment when God is absent or withdrawn from the lives of His children. He is not only their breath, their joy, their song, and their life, but in God, we find everything we need, and we are completely filled in Him. With God, we are abundantly satisfied.
“And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.” Isaiah 58:11
What a beautiful picture! Be filled in Him today.
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