Psalm 91:14-16 (Amplified) “Because he set his love on Me, therefore I will save him; I will set him [securely] on high, because he knows My name [he confidently trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never abandon him, no, never]. “He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. “With a long life I will satisfy him and I will let him see My salvation.”
There is a secret to satisfaction. His Name is Jesus. If I stopped with just this statement, it would be completely accurate and true but hardly enough to end the lifelong, exhausting pursuit of most ordinary people. Hunger and greed create insatiable appetites that consume most and lead to lives of stress, worry and discontentment. Accumulation of wealth seems to be the answer until it is heaped on some and still no inner peace is found in earthly security. I am not against worldly wealth or personal prosperity. In fact, everything I have and every will have is from the Source of my Life. My Father owns it all and graciously gives it me. However, the end all goal of such pursuits is satisfaction. To find the place of fulfillment, gratification, and contentment in our life is primary. Or maybe it is to feel fully compensated for time, energy or trouble. All of this creates an inner pleasure called satisfaction. People want to live a satisfied life. Satisfaction is a destination.
The Lord promises in Psalm 91 to satisfy His People with long life. Jesus came to give us a rich and satisfying life. (John 10:10) Are you satisfied today? Do you feel content? Do you see the blessings in your life? Are you still waiting on some promises? The exchange of God with us in terms of sowing, reaping, blessing, healing and every other transaction through the open windows of heaven are positional. We must be in the proper position and posture in order to receive it all. The place of peace is not found without but within us. Peace established with God through His Son is called righteousness and avails God’s Greatest Blessing called grace to place us in alignment with Him. Every good gift comes from the Father who doesn’t withhold any good thing from the righteous. It is not the “things” in life bring God’s People full satisfaction but rather our placement in receiving that does.
Psalm 91:1-2 (Amplified) He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand]. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust [with great confidence, and on whom I rely]!”
The word “dwell” means the place one lives or stays as a permanent residence. It means simply to reside. Where do you live? A house, condo, mobile home, townhouse or apartment. What is the atmosphere of your home? Does it represent the indwelling of the Holy Spirit? Are you a good steward of the blessings the Lord has given you? Are you thankful for your home? There are people who dwell in God every day. They have a relationship with God. Striving to live according to His Word, observe His Way and remain in alignment with the Lord to experience the goodness of His Hand. This is not a bad place to be but there is way more for us.
Psalm 9:1 (NKJV) He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Oh now here is an invitation. You can dwell in God or you can abide in the secret place of the Most High under the shadow of the Almighty. To abide is a continuation of dwell. It moves past the comfort of covering to intimacy with God. Like a little chick safe and secure under the wing of its parent. Its cheek pressed into the heart of the bird. Rain rolls off the back of the source of its shelter as the little bird rests in the refuge of such intimacy called trust. To abide means so much more than to dwell. It is the fighting for inner residency in righteousness reserved for those hunger and thirst for God. Those who long for the depths of His Love in greatest measure. Abide means to agree. To remain steadfast and faithful. To submit. To endure, sustain, stand and withstand without yielding. To wait for. It is the closest placement to the Father through the Son with the greatest benefit. The Latin word that satisfaction is derived from is “doing enough.” Do you believe that Jesus is more than enough today? If you do, you will move from simply dwelling in God to moving in closer to abide with Him. Those who do will experience true satisfaction and absolute fulfillment.
I Timothy 6:6 (Amplified) But godliness actually is a source of great gain when accompanied by contentment [that contentment which comes from a sense of inner confidence based on the sufficiency of God].
How is godliness a source of great gain? When it is accompanied by contentment, godliness will produce a surplus of satisfaction in our life. See contentment sees the blessings of God and faithfulness of His Word. It knows that no matter what happens – the covering of their life is secure. The Father gave His Son to secure our position in His Kingdom. I do not believe that the Son will stop at covering us now just because He completed His Work and now sits at the right hand of God. In fact, I believe that He offers a constant invitation to come and abide in Him. However, this is only accessible through trust and confidence that allows us to move from dwelling in God to abiding in Him. There is a difference. It is evident in the unfavorable conditions in life. Will I stay true to the Lord? Will I continue to believe? Will I remain faithful? Contentment is inner peace reliant solely on the sufficiency of God. It believes that He is our Source of full satisfaction. He is enough.
Philippians 4:11-13 (Amplified) Not that I speak from [any personal] need, for I have learned to be content [and self-sufficient through Christ, satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or uneasy] regardless of my circumstances. I know how to get along and live humbly [in difficult times], and I also know how to enjoy abundance and live in prosperity. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret [of facing life], whether well-fed or going hungry, whether having an abundance or being in need. I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]
Satisfaction is not where you live but who lives in you. Contentment comes when our life is committed to the God of more than enough setting up residence that no longer dwells with the Lord but abides in Him. It is a transfer of ownership of our wants, needs and desires into His Capable, Loving and Powerful Hands. It is heart that longs to beat in tune with His Heart. It is a mouth that whispers with full conviction, “Not my will God but Your Will be done in my life.” For those who choose to prosper their soul in intimacy with God through oneness with Christ – there will be satisfaction. It is the secret to satisfaction.
3 John 1:2 (Amplified) Beloved, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health [physically], just as [I know] your soul prospers [spiritually].