“For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.”
The Psalmist is recalling the desperate condition of a people that were in bondage and despair. They were alone and weak, sitting in darkness and afflicted, all because of their rebellion. Their souls fainted for hunger and thirst. In their trouble, they cried unto the Lord and He delivered them. In declaring the mercy of God, the writer said, “he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.”
There is a hunger and thirst within man that only God Himself can satisfy. God wants to feed the soul of the hungry. Unfortunately, many do not realize their need for soul nourishment. They think they are satisfied, filling their spiritual bellies with the garbage of the world. Perhaps you were once there. Thank God for the day that enlightenment began to come to our souls. Thank God for the day that the pleasures of sin were no longer satisfying. Sometimes God uses circumstances and afflictions to bring us to the place where we see how desperately we need Him.
There is something refreshing in seeing the soul that is longing for God. Jesus said, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6). God satisfies the longing soul; He feeds the soul of the hungry. This is seen in the soul of the sinner seeking salvation. The Holy Spirit brings the convicted sinner to the place of realizing that he is spiritually bankrupt and deserving of eternal damnation. Made aware of his pitiful condition, he cries out to God for mercy and grace, and God fills his longing soul. This should not be the end of this new creature’s longing for the satisfaction of the soul that only Jesus can give. Although the true child of God is eternally secure in his relationship with God, there ought to be a lifetime of hungering and thirsting for more of God’s grace and Spirit to work in the heart. It is grievous for professing believers to see themselves as satisfied, having need of nothing.
It is those who hunger and thirst for righteousness that He has promised to fill. He wants to feed our souls with the nourishment of the Word of God and the precious Spirit of God. As we daily seek Him and feast regularly upon the Word, He will indeed feed and satisfy our hungry souls.