Anne and I took our first ever 3 month sabbatical in the summer of 2015, and one of the things the Holy Spirit led me to do early on was to search for and record the following scriptures as a reminder (to be read over regularly) of His many invitations to me to drink deeply of His endless river of delights; and of the examples of those who did so and how that went down for them.
When you catch yourself feeling dry, perhaps this little tool can help remind you to not waste your life on things that don’t satisfy, and instead to come to Him who wants to fill us with all of His fullness!
God’s Invitations, Declarations & Promises: Psalm 81:13-16 “Oh that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways! I would quickly subdue their enemies And turn My hand against their adversaries. Those who hate the Lord would pretend obedience to Him, And their time of punishment would be forever. But I would feed you with the finest of the wheat, And with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”
Isaiah 55:1-3 “Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And delight yourself in abundance. Incline your ear and come to Me. Listen, that you may live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you, According to the faithful mercies shown to David.” Jeremiah 31: 14, 25 “I will fill the soul of the priests with abundance, And My people will be satisfied with My goodness,” declares the Lord. For I satisfy the weary ones and refresh everyone who languishes.” Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” John 6:35 “Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.”
Man’s Responses, Experiences &/or Examples: Psalm 4:7 “You have put gladness in my heart, More than when their grain and new wine abound.” Psalm 16:11 “You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” Psalm 17:15 “As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness; I will be satisfied with your likeness when I awake.” Psalm 36:5-9 “Your lovingkindness, O Lord, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; Your judgments are like a great deep. O Lord, you preserve man and beast. How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They drink their fill of the abundance of your house; And You give them to drink of the river of Your delights For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.” Psalm 42:1,2 “As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When shall I come and appear before God?” Psalm 63:1-3, 5 “O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thrists for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water. Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise You. My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth offers praises with joyful lips.” Psalm 65:4 “How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You To dwell in Your courts. We will be satisfied with the goodness of your house, Your holy temple.” Psalm 73:25, 26 “Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 107:8,9 “Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men! For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, And the hungry soul He has filled with what is good.” Isaiah 26:8,9 “Indeed, while following the way of Your judgments, O Lord, We have waited for You eagerly; Your name, even Your memory, is the desire of our souls. At night my soul longs for You, Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently; For when the earth experiences Your judgments The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.”