Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation
O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation
All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near
Praise to the Lord, who over all things so wondrously reigneth
Shelters thee under His wings, yes, so gently sustaineth
Hast thou not seen how all thy longings have been
Granted in what He ordaineth
???1st & 2nd verse of Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
God created us to find our joy and satisfaction in Him alone. Yet, in our rebellion, we find ourselves removed from Him, our only source of true joy and satisfaction. This causes all of us, left to ourselves and even on our best days, to be empty and often unhappy creatures.
So what we do? If we are truly honest with ourselves, we often find look for this ultimate joy and satisfaction in other things. Often, they are good things. Like our kids, our jobs, our friends, our houses, our church activities, and so on. But the more we try this out, the more we find ourselves disappointed. We eventually become more empty, and more estranged from the God of the universe.
The early church father Augustine in the intro to his Confession summed this up by praying:
You have formed us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee.
So here???s the grace that these verses capture. The more we see these substitutes (re: idols) fail to provide for us, the sooner and more deeply we turn to God to be our only true and lasting hope and satisfaction. We thought we really needed that one job. No, we needed Jesus. We thought we needed that one boyfriend or girlfriend to make us happy. No, we needed Jesus. We thought we needed perfect, healthy children. No, we needed Jesus.
Think about the times of real disappointment in your life. When life itself was falling through your fingers, and the future looked pretty bleak. Wasn???t it during these times that Jesus shone bright? God, in his control, and his power, and in his right to ordain everything that comes to pass, so carefully and lovingly lets all our would-be saviors fail. And in return, he grants us repentance. He grants us sight to see his surpassing beauty, and gives us full and satisfied hearts in himself.
I hope your heart can agree with this song. Have we not seen how everything we ever wanted, ever really needed, is found in Jesus, and him alone? All of our longings have been granted in what he ordains.