‘Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love’ Psalm 90.14
These words, and the verses following, form a beautiful prayer. The first thing to note is that it suggests there is a certainty about this prayer being answered, because the love of God is unfailing. If this is true, there can be no doubt about God’s love being revealed to us. The prayer Jesus prayed in John 17.26 magnifies this same sentiment. Jesus said to his Father: “I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” The desire of Jesus is that we will experience the same wonderful and unfailing love as the Father and Son share.
A second point to note is the cry that God’s love might satisfy us. This is not simply a self-centred request. If we are not satisfied with the love of God there can be a number of unhelpful consequences. We may begin to approach him in an attitude other than love; possibly of fear, a sense of being uncared for or unloved. Perhaps we will start to look for our satisfaction elsewhere, often at the expense of other people.
The delight of God is to pour out his love upon us, so that we might know it to such an extent that we will find an inner peace that changes our lives and the lives of those around us. Rest in what he delights to do right now.
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission