Satisfaction Guaranteed Part 3

John 6:35

Psalms 42

35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

1 As the deer pants for streams of water,

    so my soul pants for you, my God.

2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.

    When can I go and meet with God?

3 My tears have been my food

    day and night,

while people say to me all day long,

    “Where is your God?”

4 These things I remember

    as I pour out my soul:

how I used to go to the house of God

    under the protection of the Mighty One[d]

with shouts of joy and praise

    among the festive throng.

5 Why, my soul, are you downcast?

    Why so disturbed within me?

Put your hope in God,

    for I will yet praise him,

    my Savior and my God.

6 My soul is downcast within me;

    therefore I will remember you

from the land of the Jordan,

    the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.

7 Deep calls to deep

    in the roar of your waterfalls;

all your waves and breakers

    have swept over me.

8 By day the Lord directs his love,

    at night his song is with me—

    a prayer to the God of my life.

9 I say to God my Rock,

    “Why have you forgotten me?

Why must I go about mourning,

    oppressed by the enemy?”

10 My bones suffer mortal agony

    as my foes taunt me,

saying to me all day long,

    “Where is your God?”

11 Why, my soul, are you downcast?

    Why so disturbed within me?

Put your hope in God,

    for I will yet praise him,

    my Savior and my God.

Week three, and satisfaction is still guaranteed!  Now our guiding scripture for this series has been John 6:35 when Jesus told the Jews, I am the bread of life, whoever comes to me will never go hungry and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.  I don’t know about you but to me that is the very definition of satisfaction.  

To never be thirsty again.  

To never be hungry again.

To never want for anything again.  

To never have to worry again.  

To never have to wonder again.  

To never be unfulfilled again.  

To never be in need again.  

And this proclamation is made by Jesus the son of the living God.  Meaning that it’s a promise that we can take to the bank, a check that will never bounce, and as I often say, there are sufficient fund in His account.  In other words, our satisfaction is guaranteed.  Week one I told you that our satisfaction is guaranteed because God loves us, and because God loves us we get His attention, we get His affection, and we get His action.  Last week I told you that satisfaction is guaranteed because God leads us.  God leads us because He has a purpose.  He has a plan.  And He made a promise.  This week I would like to flip the script a little bit.  Because this week our satisfaction being guaranteed is not based on what God does, but it is based on what we do.  This week I want you to know that our satisfaction is guaranteed because we long for God.   But here’s the thing beloved we cannot get our satisfaction until we do something.  You hear people say all the time, I’m waiting on God.  I’m just waiting on the Lord.  And the truth of the matter is that God is waiting on you.  He will supply all of our needs according to His riches in glory, but we have to do something.  

We have to get off the bench.

We have to have to get in the game.

We have to put our hand to the plow.  

We have to put in some work.  

We have to put forth some effort and He will meet us at your point of need.  So what are you saying Pastor Brian?  Let me show you.  Many of you know that I am an avid exerciser.  I used to love to go to the gym.  But COVID-19 caused me to create my own home gym.  So I am still getting it in.  It is such a part of who I am that if I don’t exercise I honestly feel bad and beat myself up about.  If you don’t believe me just ask my wife.  If I don’t workout, I feel as if I have cheated myself.  Because I understand that the odds are stacked against me as a black man, who’s genetic pool has left me with high cholesterol, glaucoma, back issues, and the possibility of high blood pressure, heart disease, and cancer.  So I am doing all that I can to live as long as I can for my wife and my children.  I was talking with David Clark last Sunday about exercise and when you start out you’re going to be a little sore, but you have to push through that, and keep going.  All of us need to take better care of ourselves through exercise and diet.  But here is the point I am trying to make.  Every morning Monday through Friday I wake up at 5:00 a.m., go to the basement or outside (weather permitting), and I run or walk about 5 miles and lift some weights.  During and after my workout I am extremely dehydrated.  I am extremely thirsty.  And I drink a ton of water.  What is your point preacher?  If I did not take the initiative to get a drink of water I would still be thirsty.  I would still be dehydrated and this would inevitably affect my health.  After workouts I long for water, and of course my Heavenly Father will provide me with clean drinking water, but I have to go and get the water.  He is not going to fill up my water bottle and bring me the water to quench my thirst.  That is something that I must do.  And I believe this is what David was talking about in Psalm 42.

This is a Psalm that describes a rough patch in the life of King David.  

David is going through.  

He feels down.  

He feels lost.  

He feels alone.  

He feels downcast.  

He feels abandoned.  

He feels low.  

He feels sad.  

Has anyone ever felt like this before.  

You felt like there was no hope.  

You felt like giving up.  

You felt like throwing in the towel.  

You felt like letting go.  

But then you remembered that you serve a God that is able to do anything but fail.  You start to go through the photo album or the scrapbook of your life and you seen and remembered all the times God picked you up and turned you around and placed your feet on higher solid ground.  And you begin to long for God.  You begin to hunger for God.  You begin to thirst for God.  This is where David is in the text.  He realized in his current situation that he needed God, but he did not just sit there and wait for God to come to him and change his situation he did something.  So what did he do?  

He remembered going to the house of God.  

He began to give God praise.  

He began to worship God.  

Because he knew as much as he longed for God.  As much as he panteth for God as a dear panteth for the water that he had to do something to get to God.  Just like the dear has to do something to get the water.  So the relevant question is if our satisfaction is guaranteed based on our longing for God, what do we have to do to quench our thirst?  What do we have to do to be satisfied?  I am so glad that you asked.

First we listen to God.  What’s that pastor?  Huh, I did not hear you.  We have to listen to God.  We have to follow his instructions.  There is a difference between hearing and listening.  I can hear someone talking but that does not mean that I know what they are saying.  To know what the person is saying you have to listen.  

You have to concentrate.  

You have to pay attention.  

You have to make eye contact.  

You have to take mental notes.

You should be able to repeat or paraphrase what a person said. 

Listening is more than just simply hearing sounds.  Listening is to give attention with the ear, attend closely for the purpose of hearing, give an ear. To pay attention, heed, or obey.  And this is how we must listen to God.  That is why Samuel told Saul in 1Samuel 15:22 to obey is better than sacrifice.  We can only obey when we listen to what God says.  We must listen to God and we do this in three ways.

We must listen to His word.  We listen to His word.  Now by now you should know how I feel and what I think about our personal devotional time.  But just in case you don’t know or you have forgotten.  We have to read the word of God on a consistent basis.  For man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.  Matthew 4:4.  So that means you have to pick up your bible, your, phone, or your tablet and read your bible every day.  

We have to chew on the word like a cow chews on the cud.  

We have to meditate on the word.  

We have to think about the word.  

We have to apply the word.  

We have to be real with the word.  

We have to analyze the word.  But here’s the wrinkle in the chitlin, we have to listen to the word of God.  We cannot be simply hearers of the word, we must be doers of the word, as James says in James 1:22.  If the word says go, we must go…

Not only do we listen to His word.  We must listen to His will.  I don’t know about anyone else in the room but I want to be in the perfect will of God for my life.  And sometimes this can be a hard thing.  I’ll give you a personal example.  When I finally accepted my call to pastor there was a church that wanted me to be their pastor, and to be perfectly honest with you this morning I really wanted to be their pastor.  

I wanted to be their pastor like a kid wants that shiny new toy.  

I started to dream about being their pastor.  

I started to vision about being their pastor.  

I started to plan how I would be their pastor.

But God never told me that I would be the pastor of that church.  And today I believe I am in the perfect will of God for my life which leads me to the third thing we must listen to God for.

We listen to God’s word.  Then we listen to God’s will.  And then we listen to God’s way.  Because I was in the word of God, I was able to know the will of God, and because I am in His will I can follow His way.  What are you saying preacher.  If I was not in God’s word I would not have realized that, that church was not for me, I would have gone against His will and became their pastor, and this would have prevented me of following His way of becoming your Pastor.  God does not make mistakes, Their are no accidents.  Because I listen to His word, listened to His will, and listened to His way I am your pastor today.  And as long as we listen to His word, His will and His way, He will order our steps every single day.  We must listen to God.

So not only do we listen to God, we learn from God.  You see  beloved when we listen we learn.  This is what I tell my students every single day.  That is why I only have one rule in my classroom.  Listen to the teacher.  Because if you do what I say you will have a good day.  God is saying if you do what I say you’ll have a good day!  If you listen you will learn.  Oh you gonna learn today!  And we can learn so much from God.  I mean, He is God, what greater teacher could their be?  We learn from God in three ways.

We learn from God’s wisdom.  You see many of us are intelligent and we have a great deal of knowledge, but wisdom is knowing how to intelligently use our knowledge.  And God’s wisdom is even greater.  That is why God was so pleased when Solomon asked for wisdom opposed to power and wealth.  And when people came to hear Solomon speak, the Bible says that they came to hear the wisdom of God, not the wisdom of Solomon.  But God’s wisdom is woven throughout His word. God’s shows us His wisdom through the Holy Spirit when He leads us and guides us.  God shows us His wisdom through the preached word of God.  All we have to do is listen and learn from the wisdom God shows us.

Not only do we learn from God’s wisdom.  We learn from God’s works.  Now I have said this time and time again, actions speak louder than words.  And I am so glad that not only do we learn from God’s wisdom, what He speaks to us.  We learn from His works, what He shows us.  Now I know that I am not the only one in the room that has seen God work.  

The fact that you woke up this morning in your right mind with the full use of all four of your limbs is the work of God.  

The fact that you can inhale and exhale, that is the work of God.  The fact that you have clean water to drink.  That is the work of God.  

The fact that you you have clothes on your back, food in your belly, and a roof over your head that is the work of God.  

And we learn from his works.  We learn how to love.  We learn how to treat one another.  We learn how to look out for one another,  we learn from the works of God.

We learn from the wisdom of God.  We learn from the works of God.  And we learn from the wonders of God.  Now the wisdom of God is God speaking to us. The works of God is God showing us.  And the wonders of God is God showing out for us.  

You see food on the table, works of God.  

Multiplying two loaves and five fish for five thousand people, wonders of God.  

Waking us up this morning, works of God.  

Healing us from cancer, wonders of God.  

Roof over our heads, works of God.  

Getting approved for the home loan, wonders of God.  

Clean water to drink works of God.  

Keeping you safe during the flood, wonders of God.  

Getting accepted into college, works of God.  

Graduating with honors, wonders of God.  

What do the wonders of God teach us.  

That nothing is impossible for God.  

That God can do anything but fell.  

That greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.  

That we can do all things through Christ that strengthens us.  That I once was young, but now I am old, but I have never seen the righteous forsaken or His seed begging for bread.  

We learn that there is nothing that God won’t do for His children.

So because we long for God we listen to Him, because we listen to God we learn from Him, and because we learn from God we know that we can lean on Him… sometimes in our lives…. We can lean on God because He will never ever let us down.  

Your friends may let you down.  

Your coworkers will let you down.  

Your family will let you down.  

Your church may let you down.  

Your pastor may even let you down.

But your God will never let you down. 

So you can count on him.  

You can depend on him.  

You can know without a shadow of a doubt that He will always be there.  You can lean on God.  We lean on God for three reasons.

We lean on God for what He does.  We can lean on the fact that God always shows up for us.  He may not come when we want Him but He is always right on time. 

He provides for us.  

He protects us.  

He takes care of us.  

He meets all of our needs according to his riches and glory.  

He fights our battles.  

He covers us.  

He guides us.  

He leads us.  

He surrounds us.   

He watches over us.  

He loves us.  

We can lean on God for what He does.  Then we lean on God for why He does it.  Here it comes.  He does it because he loves us!  Say it with me for God so loved the world….  He does it all because He loves us, and anyone in the room knows that when you love someone you want the best for that person.  

You want that person to do well.  

You want that person to succeed.  

And I am so excited that God wants me to do well.  

That God wants me to succeed.  

That God wants the best for me.  That’s why I like that song by Marvin Sapp,  He saw the best in me when everyone else around me could only see the worst in me.

You see people see failure.

God sees success.

People see drop out.

God sees graduate.

People see bankruptcy.

God sees entrepreneur.

People see addict.

God sees potential.

People see drunk.

God sees deacon.

People see pimp.

God sees preacher.

People see promiscuous.

God sees prophet.

People see drug pusher.

God sees pastor.

People see loser.

God sees winner.

People see lost cause.

God sees hope.

We lean on why God does it, He does it because He loves us.

We lean on what God does.  We lean on why God does it.  And last but definitely not least, we lean on who God is.  Because of who you are I give you glory. Because of who you are I give you praise.  Because of who you are I can lift my voice and say.  Lord, I worship because of who you are.  Who is He?

Jehovah Jireh, the Lord will provide.

Jehovah Nissi, the Lord my banner.

Jehovah Rapha, the Lord that heals.

Jehovah Shammah, the Lord is there or is here.

Jehovah Shalom, the Lord our peace.

He is El Elyon, God most high.

He is Immanuel, God with his.

He is Yahweh.

He is the rose of sharon.

The bright and morning star.

The lily of the valley.

The balm of Gilead.

The way maker.

The mind regulator.

The will in the middle of a wheel.

The healer!

The deliver!

The refuge!

The strong tower!

The friend that sticks closer than a brother!

He is Jesus Christos!

The savior of the world!

The alpha and omega!

The father!

The son!

The Holy Spirit!

We lean on who He is!

As the deer panteth for the water

So my soul longs after You

You alone are my hearts desire

And I long to worship You.

I want you more than gold or silver

Only You can satisfy

You alone are the real joy giver

And the apple of my eye.

You’re my friend and You’re my brother

Even though you are a King

I love You more than any other

So much more than anything.

You alone are my strength, my shield

To You alone may my spirit yield

You alone are my hearts desire

And I long to worship You.

Does anybody long for God today?  

Does anybody want to worship God today?

Does anybody want to give God praise to day?

Does anybody want God in their life today?

Does anybody need God in their life today?

If so, what are you going to do about it?

Satisfaction is guaranteed because we long for God and when we long for God we will listen to God.  We will learn from God.  We will lean on God!


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