Psalm 107:9 For He satisfies the longing soul,
And fills the hungry soul with goodness.
This scripture instructs us that we are all born with a longing in our heart. A longing, a hole in our heart that only Jesus can fill. As human beings, we often try to fill that space with lesser gods. Things or activities that might satisfy for a brief moment. Some of us find comfort in food, while others use alcohol or drugs to try to fill that void and numb that pain. Let’s not forget materialism, that constant need to shop and find that little high when we purchase something. We stuff other things and sometimes even people in that place that is only designed for one. THE ONE. That longing in your soul will never be satisfied by anyone or anything other than Jesus. When you ask Jesus to be your Lord, he satisfies the longing in your soul and fills it with goodness. When you are aching for something but you don’t know what, it is a relationship and communion with Christ. Other things don’t gratify; they are only empty calories. Only Christ can satisfy.He is enough. He fills that cold and lonely place in your heart to overflowing.
We have discussed the longing in your soul or the hole in your heart that only Jesus can satisfy. Now let’s talk about the second line of Psalm 107:9, “And fills the hungry soul with goodness.”
I can make a very long list of good things that come from a relationship with Jesus, but let us just focus on a few.
One of the most crucial “good things” that come from Jesus, is peace. Philippians 4:7 explicitly states that peace comes through Christ. “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” In this world, peace is a rare thing. It can only come from Christ. You cannot drink it, eat it, buy it, create it, or even manufacture it in a lab. Peace is a by product of giving your life to Christ. When you are complete with the Holy Spirit, you can rely on it for peace. That is pure goodness!
What about unconditional love? Do you think you could love others unconditionally without the benefit of Jesus? No way! We are, after all, HUMAN! In 2 Timothy 1:7, the Bible assures you the gift of love. “For God did not give you a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.” Love comes from knowing Christ. Christ can fill that ache, that longing in your heart with his love and his love is enough. All the goodness that Christ fills your longing soul with, is enough. Jesus is enough. Count on him for every good thing.
- Do you feel that longing or ache in your soul?
- What “lesser gods” do you fill the ache in your heart with other than Christ?
- What do you need to do in order to fill that hole in your heart with Christ and Christ alone?
- Is a sense of peace hard for you? How could you count more on Jesus to help you with that?
- Is your love of others worn out? How can you rely on Jesus and not yourself for love to flow from you?
- What other “good things” have come from Christ directly to you? Name some we have not mentioned.
Prayer: Christ, you alone are enough to fill the emptiness in my heart. Help me to understand that clearly. Please help me realize that I can have access to your goodness just by knowing you personally.