“For a long time I was looking for something, for a relationship to fill something that only Christ could,” he told Desiring God two years ago. “I thought if I got into this relationship I [would] be happier, you know? Or if I was with this girl everything would be all right, you know? But that wasn’t the case. A relationship couldn’t satisfy me, though. Only Christ can satisfy me.”
“Only Christ can truly satisfy” is the refrain of “Satisfy”, track No. 11 of his latest studio LP So It Ends and the latest song in Rapzilla.com’s Behind the Rhymes series.
S.O. starts “Satisfy” with a question: “How it feel like chasing the wind, homie?”
Imagine someone literally chasing wind. What word would you use to describe such an effort? Useless? Futile? Vain, perhaps?
If you answered the latter, you and the writer of Ecclesiastes think alike. He uses the word “vanity” a whopping 38 times, the first of which begins the Old Testament book on an infamously pessimistic note: “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity” (Ecc. 1:2). And on seven of those occasions, the writer describes vain efforts as “striving after wind.”
How it feel like chasing the wind homie? Don’t we do it all the time? /
We never chase God but think that the women or the money will forever satisfy.
The writer of Ecclesiastes chased even more. He found that:
- Wisdom fails to satisfy (Ecc. 1:12-18, 2:12-17).
- Women, wealth and possessions fail to satisfy (Ecc. 2:1-9, 4:7-16).
- Work, even ethical, fails to satisfy (Ecc. 2:18-26, 4:1-6).
That ain’t what we were designed for /
And I can tell you that with my eyes closed /
Or blindfolded, it’s mind-blowing /
Our souls need God cuzzy, that there I know, brotha’ yes I know.
The final two verses of Ecclesiastes speak to what we were designed for and why our souls need God.
“Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgement, with every secret thing, whether good or evil” (Ecc. 12:13-14).
What does fearing God and keeping his commandments accomplish?
They glorify him. They communicate his supreme worth. Which is what we were designed to do (Isaiah 43:7) and why, as S.O. says, “Only Christ can truly satisfy.”
It only makes sense: If we were created for a single purpose, satisfaction is only achievable by a single means. If we were created to glorify God, satisfaction is only achievable by faith in Jesus, who said, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst” (John 6:35).
There’s water that lives, bring the flow back /
And like the woman at the well who couldn’t do it herself /
But found that Christ can truly satisfy.
Christ promised to satisfy. Chase him.