“Satisfied in You” by the Sing Team

Took a few weeks off of posting for the holidays, but we are back in full swing with this week’s Christian Music That Doesn’t Suck Monday! This week we are looking at “Satisfied in You” by The Sing Team. 

The Sing Team is a band (sadly) no longer making music due to the dissolution of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, WA. But before exiting the scene of indie-contemporary Christian music, they left us this gem. “Satisfied in You” is a rendition of Psalm 42, written by the mysterious “Sons of Korah”. It is a hymn of sadness, depression and hope in a God who is sovereign over our darkness.

Why it doesn’t suck: Wrestling with depression is difficult. Sometimes it is like a thorn in our thumb; it hurts, but we see the problem, and though it is painful, we know how to fix it. Other times, however, it hurts like a silent virus; we can’t put to words what is wrong, all we know is it hurts and we don’t know what will make it better. There are few things more scary to feel sadness, and be unable to answer someone when they ask “what’s bothering you?” The Sing Team masterfully weaves the reality of the weight of depression into this haunting, yet hopeful song. I highly recommend reading the Psalm before, while and after listening to the song. They capture the pain that the psalmist is struggling to convey, beautifully. This song, and Psalm 42, teaches us that whatever the cause of our depression, obvious or mysterious, remaining silent about it, or acting like it isn’t there doesn’t help. This Psalm teaches us three things:

(1) The psalmist pours his hurt out before God, pleading for the Lord to restore His joy. “As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.”

(2) The psalmist preaches to himself, rather than listening to himself. “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me. Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”

(3) The psalmist sees this moment of darkness as being sovereignly brought into his life by God, Himself. “All your breakers and your waves have gone over me.” 

“Satisfied in You” captures these three truths masterfully, weaving them all into the reality of the Gospel. Through intense suffering, Jesus Christ atoned for our sins in order to reconcile us with God. If He was willing to go through that, we know that He loves us, and desires good for us (Rom. 8:28-32). We may not understand it, but we trust that God knows more than we do and He loves us, so we trust Him, even through the storm. Others may mock and chide our faith when times of suffering and sadness come our way, but the God who satisfies our souls in plenty and want (Phil. 4:11-12) is a life boat, when we feel like we are drowning.

I have lost my appetite 
And a flood is welling up behind my eyes 
So I eat the tears I cry 
And if that were not enough 
They know just the words to cut and tear and prod 
When they ask me “Whereʼs your God?” Why are you downcast, oh my soul? 
Why so disturbed within me? 
I can remember when you showed your face to me 

As a deer pants for water, so my soul thirsts for you 
And when I survey Your splendor, You so faithfully renew 
Like a bed of rest for my fainting flesh 

When Iʼm looking at the ground 
Itʼs an inbred feedback loop that drags me down 
So itʼs time to lift my brow 
And remember better days 
When I loved to worship you and learn your ways 
Singing sweetest songs of praise 

Let my sighs give way to songs that sing about your faithfulness 
Let my pain reveal your glory as my only real rest 
Let my losses show me all I truly have is you 

So when Iʼm drowning out at sea 
And all your breakers and your waves crash down on me 
Iʼll recall your safety scheme 
Youʼre the one who made the waves 
And your Son went out to suffer in my place 
And to show me that Iʼm safe 

Why am I down? 
Why so disturbed? 
I am satisfied in you

3 thoughts on ““Satisfied in You” by the Sing Team

  1. Marc, love the title, “Christian Music That Doesn’t Suck.” Say it like it is. And I really like this song too.

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