Community Bible Church

“Satisfied with Good”

“You open Your hand, they are satisfied with good.” Psalm 104:28


Tony Evans retells the story of a little boy who went to the grocery store to shop with his mother. They were in the checkout line and the grocer asked if he could offer her son some candy. The mother agreed. As the grocer held out the jar of all those delectable treats, encouraging the boy to reach in, the little boy shook his head no. The man stretched the jar out a little further and told the boy he could take as much as he would like. The boy continued to say no. With a confused look on his face, the grocer gave one last effort. The boy finally said, “I want you to give it to me.” The grocer happily took some candy out of the container and handed it to the boy who quickly offered his thanks.

When he and his mother were in the car on their way home, she curiously asked, “Why didn’t you take the candy? Why did you tell the man to give the candy to you?” Her son replied, “Because, Momma, his hands were bigger than mine!” Smart boy. He understood that the hands of the source were bigger.

Psalm 104 is an amazing description of how big God’s hands are. The writer of this song begins by describing God as “very great” (v1). He then goes into detail about the wonder of God’s creative activity—mountains, valleys, springs of water and rain (of which the earth is” satisfied with the fruit of His works”, verse 13), grass vegetation, wine, oil food which sustains a man’s heart, trees, birds, lions, sea creatures (including the monster Leviathan)…a short list to be sure, the song writer admits as much—“O Lord, how many are your works! In wisdom you created them all; the earth is full of your possessions.”

But in this activity of God the Psalmist strikes to the very heart of the matter. Look what he says—“They all wait for You to give them their food in due season. You give to them, they gather it up; You open You hand, they are satisfied with good.”

Satisfied means to be filled or full. Think of how many people feel after a Thanksgiving meal. My folks used to say something like “I’m stuffed to the gills.” It meant that there was no more space to be found for even a single bite. That is just what God’s had provides—goodness until we are stuffed to the gills. His goodness to His creation and ultimately to us is beyond measure. It is a goodness that is richly and deeply satisfying.

For this reason the Psalmist breaks out into a chorus of praise—“I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will song praise to my God while I have my being. Let my meditation (secret thoughts and contemplations) be pleasing to Him; as for me, I shall be glad in the Lord.” What is the status of you heart today? Is it filled with wonder, rejoicing, and praise at the sheer wonder of His goodness? Do you realize the generosity of God as it pertains to your life? Are you glad in the Lord? It is always a good discipline to regularly write down all the good things that are coming from God’s open hand. To remember all the things that have come to you from God for you ultimate satisfaction. In doing so we “Bless the Lord, O my soul!” It seems to me that if we as God’s children would simply let Him be God, we would soon discover that His hand is much bigger than our own.

Blessing on the Journey,

Pastor Dewayne