Whiners and Worshipers

Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you (Jesus).” (Psalm 73:25); “He satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.” (Ps. 107:9)

Lord Jesus, until the Day you take us “Home,” we’re capable of being both whiners and a worshipers—even at the same time. Some days your love, grace, and presence are more real and satisfying than anything else. Other times, nothing, no one, nowhere feels like it’s “enough.”

Delight in you atrophies into demandingness from others. That never turns out well. We get restless, angry, and worse.

But only your love is better than life, only your grace is more than sufficient, only your presence is sweeter than honey. Only you, Jesus, can fill this void, free our hearts, and satisfy our longings.

Help us understand the difference between “redemptive-discontent” and destructive ingratitude. Constantly remind us we’re not “Home” yet. Help us accept the limits you set on how much satisfaction anything or anyone can give us. Thank you for doing so. We can turn anything into an idol—even the good gifts you have entrusted to us.

Lord Jesus, we unabashedly ask for a heart-invigorating, soul-satisfying, worship-fueling experience of you. No, we’re not craving “warm-fuzzies” or mere emotional relief. We want to know you in fresh and profound ways—just as you intend. So very Amen we pray and crave, in your wonderful and merciful name.