Psalm 103:5 -“who satisfies you with good, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
Charles Spurgeon said of this verse of Scripture that “No man is ever filled to satisfaction but a believer, and only God himself can satisfy even him. Many a worldling is satiated, but not one is satisfied. God satisfies the very soul of man, his noblest part, his ornament and glory; and of consequence he satisfies his mouth, however hungry and craving it might otherwise be. Soul-satisfaction loudly calls for soul-praise, and when the mouth is filled with good it is bound to speak good of him who filled it.” His language may be somewhat outdated but his point is well taken, God is what satisfies us and because of that only those who are believers in Jesus ever experience true satisfaction. People who are enamored with the world (worldliness to use Spurgeon’s term) may find temporary fulfillment but not true satisfaction and sadly enough their lives will be marked by emptiness.
A follower of Jesus Christ however is different. They are to find their satisfaction in God and the things of God. He is the one who gives us true satisfaction. People may think they find satisfaction in the things of the world but in reality what they find is more emptiness and pain. Yet there is something within us that seeks to find satisfaction in something other than God. That is what happened to the Israelites at the end of the book of Joshua, they were somewhat trusting God but they were unwilling to let go of their idols. Why? Because they found some satisfaction in them. We don’t hold on to idols of wood or even of gold today, but we make all sorts of things idols thinking that we can find satisfaction in them. Things like money or possessions or status or our careers or our children or even some of the good works that we do. We make an idol out of the, and we thing that they are going to give us real and true satisfaction, but then they don’t because only God can truly satisfy us.
Once we find our satisfaction in Him it changes us. Our youth is renewed like the eagles. What does the psalmist mean by that? I think he means that life takes a toll on us and steals our joy away. Worry and loss and pain and grief and busyness and stress and so many other things hit us as adults and they can quickly rob us of our job. A youth though is joyful and energetic. For the most part they enjoy life. Many adults are sadly enough a different story. The psalmist though says here that God renews our youth like the eagle. In other words when we find our satisfaction in Him it transforms us and changes us. In fact it renews us, it renews our joy, our strength, our zest for life. Finding our satisfaction in God allows us to soar like an eagle and to find that joy that maybe life has stolen away.
He is our satisfaction. Why? Because if what He has done for us on the cross. For on that old cross He took our sins, and set us free. On that cross He forgave us of our sins and gave us the gift of eternal life. That cross leads to our satisfaction Because that cross shows us the love of God and it truly is the love of God that satisfies us and renews our joy.