the one my soul so long has craved


For he satisfies the longing soul,
    and the hungry soul he fills with good things.

Psalm 107:9

All my life I had a longing
For a drink from some clear spring,
That I hoped would quench the burning
Of the thirst I felt within.

Feeding on the husks around me,
Till my strength was almost gone,
Longed my soul for something better,
Only still to hunger on.

Poor I was, and sought for riches,
Something that would satisfy,
But the dust I gathered round me
Only mocked my soul’s sad cry.

Well of water, ever springing,
Bread of life so rich and free,
Untold wealth that never faileth,
My Redeemer is to me.

Hallelujah! I have found Him
Whom my soul so long has craved!
Jesus satisfies my longings,
Through His blood I now am saved.

Clara T. Williams, 1875

Many people you meet, masked by outwardly assured appearances, actually long for some clear spring from which to drink. Offer them water! Many you meet, masked by a don’t-approach-me facade, actually languish from feeding on the world’s husks. Offer them the Bread of life! Many, confused by their soul’s sad cry, intent on squelching, sublimating, and hiding behind myriads of masks, actually long for something that will satisfy.

Soul-craving satisfaction comes only from Jesus, the Redeemer. Offer Him to the assured, the unapproachable, the pretender!

For Jesus, and only Jesus, satisfies the longing soul.


Fragments of Grace by City Hymns includes a beautiful version of the words Clara Williams wrote in 1875. Listen here: Satisfied


About Jill

I'm a wife, mom to three beautiful children, and work as children's ministry director at Redeemer PCA in Athens, GA, a place our family treasures as our church home. It's been thirty years since the Lord saved me, and to this day I'm astounded at His steadfast love shed upon unfaithful me. My hope would be that I might speak and write in ways God would use to soften hearts toward Him, that we would together be enamored by the glorious beauty of Jesus and awakened to His love unimagined. Thanks so much for reading!
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