The Satisfaction of Praise
Day 239: The Satisfaction of Praise
Jeremiah 6:16 (AV) — 16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
Satisfy: To gratify wants, wishes, or desires to the full extent; to supply possession or enjoyment till no more is desired. -Webster's 1828 Dictionary
Rest for the soul means that satisfaction has been met. It means that the soul has found it's home. Praise is the acknowledgment that our soul finds real fulfillment in God alone.
Is your soul satisfied? It's going to depend on what you set your longings upon whether your soul will find permanent rest.
Lettie Cowman's classic devotional Streams in the Desert quotes a godly woman named Margaret Bottome as she comments on Job 28:14,
Job 28:14 (AV) — 14 The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me.
I remember a summer in which I said, "It is the ocean I need," and I went to the ocean; but it seemed to say, "It is not in me!" The ocean did not do for me what I thought it would. Then I said, "The mountains will rest me," and I went to the mountains, and when I awoke in the morning, there stood the grand mountain that I had wanted so much to see, but it said, "It is not in me!" It did not satisfy. Ah! I needed the ocean of His love and the high mountains of His truth within. It was wisdom that the "depths" said they did not contain, and that could not be compared with jewels or gold or precious stones. Christ is wisdom and our deepest need. Our restlessness within can only be met by the revelation of His eternal friendship and love for us.
Our rest and satisfaction will never be found in the majesty of God's creation. They were not created to do that. They point us to the Creator. They tell us, "My Maker can give you rest."
Psalm 107:9 (AV) — 9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
Don't be like the people of Jeremiah's day. They refused to find rest in God. They believed the delusion that soul satisfaction could be located outside of God.
Come, said Jesus' sacred voice,
Come, and make my paths your choice,
I will guide you to your home,
Weary pilgrim, hither come!
Hither come! for here is found
Balm that flows for every wound,
Peace that ever shall endure,
Rest eternal, sacred, sure.
Anna L. Barbauld, 1825