A Soul Satisfying Encounter

A Soul Satisfying Encounter

Have you ever come to a worship service feeling one way and left with a completely different disposition? Have you come into church feeling discouraged or distracted and left feeling encouraged or focused? Have ever walked through the doors feeling isolated and alone and walked out knowing you have a great God and church community behind you? Have you ever sat down in the seats feeling empty and stood up to leave experiencing a fullness and filling you didn’t know possible?

Often, we think that a change occurred because of the lovely smiles on the nice people we sat around, the songs in worship were ones we love, or even the teacher spoke with great power that particular day. Of course, these are all tools God uses, but what we most likely experienced was the presence of the Living God.

Early on in my walk with Christ, the easiest and most regular experiences I had of encountering God’s presence and satisfaction occurred in musical worship. I felt a freedom before Him. I would get tingles on my arms, tear up, and feel my heart softening as I worshiped. For those very reasons, I have a fondness and a propensity in my heart for private and corporate (together with God’s family) worship.

You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my whole being longs for you in a dry and parched land where there is no water.

I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.

Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.

I will be fully satisfied, as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

Psalm 63:1-5

David, the Psalmist, exclaims, “I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and glory!” David had the privilege of seeing the Old Testament symbol of God’s glory and strength, the Ark.  Also, “David had had the joy of seeing the evidence of God’s presence in the sanctuary, the Tabernacle in Jerusalem.” (Bible Knowledge Commentary)

Simply put, David had experienced God’s presence. 1 John 4:16 states that “God is love.”  So when David experienced God’s presence, he experienced God’s unfailing love. David finishes this Psalm, not wondering or questioning, but with a confident resolution that he “will be satisfied as with the richest of foods”.

As we seek to find our soul satisfaction in God, we need to realize that God designed worship to be a conduit of His presence and unfailing love.  No longer do we need an Ark to bring God’s presence. His presence is in each Christ follower through the Holy Spirit.

As Christ-followers, we need to strive to open our hearts, minds, and hands in the freedom of private and corporate worship. We can experience God’s presence and a “love that is better than life”. In our next time of musical worship, let us, taste and see that the Lord is good. (Psalm 34:8) Then we will be satisfied as with the richest of foods.

About Erin Nicole Thompson

Erin Nicole Thompson is a fun-loving and authentic momma to 4 littles, wife of a ruggedly handsome Pastor, and as she likes to think, the CEO of her home operations. She delights in worship, cooking with good music, the sweet faces of her sleeping children, adult conversations, and some quiet time at Starbucks. She loves to serve alongside, encourage, and equip young and seasoned women. Erin is grateful to be part of what God is doing at The Chapel, a multi-campus church in Northern Chicago-land where her husband, Dave, pastors the Lake Zurich Campus. Presently, she lives to dream and follow God as he writes her story.

  • Cyndi Tilley

    Thank you, truly encouraging and something to always be mindful of. He is in us and therefore we can worship Him wherever we are any time of day. Love you!