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Jun 2014

Satisfied in You

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. – Psalm 42:11

Have you ever lost your appetite because you’ve felt so down? Have you ever felt so incredibly desperate for God, but were unable to see His hand at work, feel his presence, or hear his voice? When times are tough, we often pile up all our woes, and are unable to see anything other than a mountain of troubles in our lives; so much so that dwelling upon them becomes like an “inbred feedback loop that drags [you] down”. At times like these, it’s vital to remember when God has been at work in our lives, and remind ourselves of God’s faithfulness and splendor. Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, will let our sighs give way to songs about His faithfulness, and show that Jesus alone is the only source of our peace and rest.

This Sunday, we will be introducing a new song to our gathering, Satisfied in You by Brian Eichelberger, based on Psalm 42 and John Piper’s sermon on “Spiritual Depression in the Psalms“, and featured on The Sing Team’s album, Oh! Great Is Our God!.

Brian Eichelberger, the writer of the song, had this to say about it:

“On Sundays, we often come to church thinking we have something to offer to God as we’re serving or leading, but really, God wants us to be needy and thirsty for him. Satisfied in You is inspired by Psalm 42 and a sermon I heard by John Piper that hits on this theme.

I was at a point in my life where I was taking a break from leading worship and God was revealing many of the idols I was finding my identity in. These idols we’re good things in my life, but I had turned them into gods, which couldn’t satisfy.

The song begins by following closely to Psalm 42 singing, ‘As the deer pants for water so my soul thirsts for you.’ The second verse then dives more into my personal response to the Psalm. A lot of times my tendency is to go into a depression looking into myself which only spirals me further down.

The song is meant to preach to myself and call me to remember the times when I experienced the glory and goodness of God which can help bounce me out of that vicious cycle. It’s meant to get my eyes off of me and be satisfied in God alone.”

Here are the lyrics:

I have lost my appetite
And a flood is welling up behind my eyes
So I eat the tears I cry
And if that were not enough
They know just the words to cut and tear and prod
When they ask me “Whereʼs your God?”

Why are you downcast, oh my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?
I can remember when you showed your face to me

As a deer pants for water, so my soul thirsts for you
And when I survey Your splendor, You so faithfully renew
Like a bed of rest for my fainting flesh

When Iʼm looking at the ground
Itʼs an inbred feedback loop that drags me down
So itʼs time to lift my brow
And remember better days
When I loved to worship you and learn your ways
Singing sweetest songs of praise

Let my sighs give way to songs that sing about your faithfulness
Let my pain reveal your glory as my only real rest
Let my losses show me all I truly have is you

So when Iʼm drowning out at sea
And all your breakers and your waves crash down on me
Iʼll recall your safety scheme
Youʼre the one who made the waves
And your Son went out to suffer in my place
And to show me that Iʼm safe

Why am I down?
Why so disturbed?
I am satisfied in you

You can listen to Satisfied in You by watching the video below, and you can purchase and download the full song by clicking here. I pray that as we sing this Psalm, it would not simply be another beautiful song that we sing together on Sunday morning; but as we sing the sorrows and laments of the Psalmist, we would remind our souls to “Hope in God; for [we] shall again praise him, [our] salvation and [our] God.” No matter what is going on around us, or in us; whatever may be causing us to “eat the tears [we] cry”, our souls can find satisfaction and joy in Jesus alone. And even in those not so great days, we can praise him, our Savior, and our God!


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