There’s a beautiful prayer of Moses in psalm 90. In verse 14 he prays this…
“O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.”
What a wonderful desire!
I decided to dig a bit deeper today and look at all the meanings for the six Hebrew words that make up this verse…
O satisfy – saba` – satiate, to fill to satisfaction.
Friends, there’s nothing that satisfies like God. We may find temporary satisfaction in other things, even in people we love dearly, but they can never fully satisfy us, they have imperfections just as we do and will sometimes disappoint but God and His mercy are sure, certain, reliable and unchangeably the same.
When does Moses ask to be satisfied? Now and then or on special occasions? No. When we look at the literal meaning we find this…
Us early – boqer – properly dawn, as in the break of day.
Friends, Moses is asking for daily mercy, what a place to begin each day, satisfied in all God is and has for us. Just as Jesus taught us to pray for daily bread, so we need to daily feed upon God’s love and mercy toward us, finding our fullness in Him alone.
So what is God’s mercy?
With thy mercy – checed – goodness, kindness, favour, lovingkindness.
This prayer is desiring, longing to begin each day by filling up on, being satisfied with all God’s goodness toward us, because Friends, even in the hardest places we’re still surrounded by His goodness and lovingkindness if only our eyes are opened to see it.
Why do we need to be filled to overflowing each day with God’s mercy and lovingkindness? So…
“that we may rejoice – ranan – to shout for joy, cry out, sing aloud, triumph! “
“And be glad – samach – brighten up, be joyful, be merry.”
Can you imagine beginning each day here friends? Overflowing with joy because of God’s goodness?
Singing for joy because of all He had done for us? Brightening up the day for those around us in our gladness?
He’s more than worthy!
As sinners we’re worthy only of death but God in His great goodness and lovingkindness lavishes us with His love, with good things and with opportunities to live and shine bright for His glory right where He has placed us.
Is this to be a one off or now and again thing? No, as we saw earlier it’s each new day, it’s every day…
“ALL our days – yowm – lifetime, continually! “
Just as we’re commanded in the New Testament, “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.” And “Rejoice evermore.”
Friend, we can’t do this alone, we can’t praise God and rejoice, especially not in the hard until He satisfies us with His mercy and grace. In fact, the Greek word translated as grace comes from the root word that is translated as joy.
True joy is a gift of God’s mercy and grace toward us and is freely found in Him.
There are times when rejoicing is the hardest thing, it can only happen by God’s grace but, as grace is given, it’s also the sweetest.
As I sit here now, the blackbird is singing his evening song, even though the night is coming. And in the morning he’ll sing again, while it’s still dark because he knows the morning is coming. He sings God’s praises and by God’s grace and mercy so shall we.
“O satisfy us (each of us) early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.” Amen.
Psalm 90:14, Phil 4:4, 1 Thess 5:16.