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Sunday, December 29, 2013 pm                    Song Index

I’LL BE SATISFIED
#386, Sacred Selections

 Tonight, as this year draws to a close we will examine the words of another song we sing from time to time.  “I’ll be satisfied.”  It was written by Joe H. Pannell.  Composed by T.N. Pannell (also the owner).  We know little about him or if there is any background to this hymn.  Regardless, the message is one of anticipation.  This is a song about looking toward heaven when this life is over. IT is descriptive of an attitude that desires more than anything else to be in heaven. 

 I.                    Vs. 1 – Singing in the Promised Land

a.        When my soul is singing in the Promised land above –

                                                   i.      The Promised Land – we quite often sing about the “Promised land”.  The phrase is not found in scripture, but it is a reference to Canaan promised to the children of Israel, which is in scripture..  In Ex. 12:25, “It will come to pass when you come to the land which the Lord will give you, just as He promised, that you shall keep this service.” (Exodus 12:25)

Therefore hear, O Israel, and be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as the Lord God of your fathers has promised you—‘a land flowing with milk and honey.’” (Deuteronomy 6:3)

Heb. 11:9 even speaks of Abraham dwelling in the land of promise though as a foreigner.

                                                  ii.      That “Promised Land”, though in different terms IS referred to in scripture.  It is a reference to our heavenly home.  IT is referred to a REAL place.
Heb. 11:10 speaking of Abraham notes that “he waited for a city which has foundations whose builder and maker is God.”    Vs. 13-16 describe their looking for a heavenly country and God has prepared a city for them. 
Rev. 21:1-4, John saw “the holy city, New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God”.  While I do not believe this is specifically a reference to heaven (since it came down out of heaven), it DOES describe a city – a real place. And originating in heaven, it would be descriptive of its character.
NOTE: We may not fully grasp every detail of the book of Revelation, but it is a book of hope and one of many lessons we can glean from this book is a glimpse of what heaven will be like.  Let us keep that in mind as we quote from this book throughout this lesson. 

                                                iii.      We are looking forward to a home in heaven.  It IS a real place (though not of this realm).  Heb. 13:14, encouraging his audience to “Go outside the camp” of 1st century Judaism, the writer says, “For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.”   
Phil. 3:20, “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,

Heb. 12:22-24, “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.
1 Peter 2:11,  Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul,

                                                iv.      Our reference to the Promised Land or Canaan in songs, along with crossing over the river of death is a picture symbolic of the journeys of Israel escaping the bondage of Egypt by crossing the Red Sea, through their wilderness wanderings to their crossing the Jordan to receive their promised land flowing with milk and honey.  Many of these elements have a spiritual counterpart (i.e. type-antitype).

                                                  v.      Furthermore, in heaven there WILL be singing – Rev. 15:2-4, 14:3, 5:9-13, etc.

b.       I’ll Be satisfied – see Chorus

c.        Praising Christ the Savior for redeeming grace and love –
Heaven is where God and Jesus are.  Think of eternity with our Creator. 
One of the things we learn from the book of Revelation is how God will be praised in heaven. 
Rev. 7:9-10
After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
1 Thess. 4:17 – we will always be with the Lord.
THE reason for such praise is His love for us and the price He paid to make our presence with Him possible.

 

 II.                  VS. 2 – Never more to say goodbye.

a.        Living in a city where the soul shall never die.  WE have already discussed, the “city”. 
It is also a place where the soul will never die. 
Rev. 22:1-5 – concludes by saying we will reign with Him forever and ever.
Psalm 23:6, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.
Asaph, in another psalm said, “You will guide me with Your counsel, And afterward receive me to glory.” (Psalm 73:2)
Heaven is a permanent place - 1 Pt. 1:3-4 – an inheritance incorruptible.
  Matt. 6:19-21 – your treasure in heaven where moth and rust do not destroy.

b.       There to meet with saved ones never more to say goodbye.
In this life we say goodbye to friends and loved ones.  If our relationship here is forged upon our fellowship with God, then there is hope beyond this life.   And when we get to the other side, we will be with them for eternity. 
Revelation 21:4 says, “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
1 Cor. 15:50-56 speaks of our being changed and putting on immortality and incorruption.

 

 III.                Vs. 3 – When I meet the ransomed

a.        When I meet the ransomed over on the golden shore – Heaven is a place for the saved. 
One of the wonderful things about heaven is going to be those who will be there – not only will God be there, but the “heroes of faith” in Heb. 11, the apostles and other godly men and women we read of in the Bible.
But they will not be alone.  Hebrews 11:39–40  says, “And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.   Heaven is a place for the godly of all times.  IT is for those who have faithfully served God throughout their time on this earth.
Rev. 7:9-10
After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
Rev. 14:13 says, “Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”

b.       There I’ll join the angels singing praises evermore –
In heaven the angels will be there.  One of the things continually present in scenes of God’s throne in Revelation is the presence of angels (ministering spirits – Heb. 1:14).   
Rev. 7:11-12, a context describing the great multitude of the righteous, then mentions angels standing around the throne and worshipping God.
Rev.5 which also pictures worshipping God around the throne includes many creatures that worship Him including “the voice of many angels around the throne” (5:11)
Heb. 12:22-24
But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.

 

 IV.                Chorus – “I’ll be satisfied

a.        Content in this life, but NOT satisfied to stay here –
We realize there is a need for contentment in this life – 1 Tim. 6:6, Phil. 4:11, etc.  We have emphasized the importance of this in this life. 
BUT beyond that, we ought not to be satisfied with staying here.  Our desire ought to be to leave this world and spend eternity in heaven.  That IS the point of this song as we sing, “I’ll be satisfied” over and over.
Phil. 1:21-23 records Paul’s dilemma. “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.
2 Cor. 5:1-8 is another text that describes this attitude.  READ. 
Consider the attitude of Davin in Psalm 17:15,
 As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.” This is the verse under the title in our song books.  How fitting.

b.       When my soul is resting in the presence of the Lord –
Finally, we mention one more quality of heaven – REST.
This life is filled with toil and labor.  But we press on because we look to that day when we will finally be able to rest.   
In Hebrews 4, the writer made reference to the rest of the Promised Land that Joshua led Israel into.  But it was not the ultimate rest.   The writer proceeds to say, “There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.” (Hebrews 4:9–11)
Rev. 14:13 again says, ““Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”
2 Thess. 1:7 speaks of those who are troubled in this life will receive rest when the Lord is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels. 

 

Many of the songs we sing are about heaven.  This is not a mistake as it is our ultimate goal.  But in singing about heaven we must never forget about how we get there.  We must be saved by obeying the gospel.  And we must continue to press on toward that goal.  Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1–2)   Heaven is a place prepared for those who are prepared.  What about you?  What are you doing to get to heaven?