“As for me, I behold Your face in righteousness; I will be satisfied with Your likeness when I awake.” (Psalm 17:15)
A song of yesteryear titled, “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” was a popular hit when sung by a rock group, the Rolling Stones. This song ambles through the many attempts of the singer/s, who try everything life has to offer, (a little like Solomon) but never being fully satisfied. Hence, Mick Jagger, the songwriter’s lamenting theme- “hey, hey, hey I can’t get no satisfaction!
These lyrics are so true. Nothing in this world will ever supply complete satisfaction that the soul of man, deep down, desires. King Solomon proved this over and over of course. He tried wealth; women, song, power, prestige and whatever else could be had and declare it all as “vanity of vanities...all is vanity.
In other words, ‘I cant get no satisfaction!’ He came to the end of his experimental journey of “life under the sun” and summarized his findings like this: “The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.” (Eccl. 12;13-14).
David the writer of our above text knew where his complete satisfaction would come from. Amidst all the highs and lows of his life, he could say with deep conviction “As for me, I behold Your face in righteousness; I will be satisfied with Your likeness when I awake.”
In other words, he knew that nothing this world offers satisfies the soul like being in the presence of God. He looked for the day when he would awake from the valley and shadow of death and be forever with the Lord - His absolute and perfect satisfaction.
Where do you seek satisfaction? You will not find it in the things of this world. It can only be found in Jesus Christ our Saviour and Lord. This satisfaction will ultimately come about when we are bodily transformed and are forever in the presence of the Lord.