Rivers and Robots is an Indie worship band from Manchester, UK. The band started out as a solo project of Jonathan Ogden with an aim of releasing worship songs with creative sound. In 2012, he grew the project into a full live band, going on to record albums as a 4-piece. The band have since had the opportunity to lead worship and do mission trips in many different cities around the UK, Europe and Asia.
Satisfy is a featured song on Rivers and Robots’ upcoming album called Discovery which will be released on September 14, 2018. It is based on Psalm 107:9 and Psalm 16:11.
“For He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things” – Psalm 107:9 NLT
“You will show me the way of life granting me the joy of Your presence and the pleasures of living with You forever” – Psalm 16:11 NLT
In a verified commentary and lyrics done by Rivers and Robots at Genius, they have given some rich insights as to the inspirations behind certain lines of the songs.
This chorus came from a spontaneous moment during one of their monthly ‘Gather’ events. They were singing the song ‘Waterfall’ from Jonathan Ogden’s Spring EP, and flowed into a jam section at the end with spontaneous singing around the theme of God being the one that satisfies, and that’s when the chorus was written.
Moreover, the first line of verse I refers to the Psalm 118:6; the peace of knowing that God is on our side was the inspiration for this line.
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
The “longing” part was based on Psalm 107:9 that speaks about how the Lord satisfies those who hunger, who thirsts, who longs.
For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.
The first line (“You give me life In abundance joyful and complete”) in verse 2 comes from John 10, where Jesus speaks about being the Good Shepherd. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10 (ESV)
While the bridge was taken directly from Psalms 16:11 (ESV).
You make known to me the path of life;
in Your presence there is fullness of joy;
at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.