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Longing with Hunger

Journal Entry // April 7, 2021

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

Psalm 107:9 ESV

A longing and hungry soul. I don’t really understand what it means to have a longing soul. If my soul is indicative of that essence of who I truly am, then this deep longing is more than just my heart being in tune with the Lord as a representative of my desires and passions. My soul, being the essence of who I am in my inner most being, should long for and thirst after the Lord.

Longing after something gives the indication that it is always on my mind. Always in the forefront of my thoughts. My longing after something occupies my time and I give my energy in it’s pursuit. This is how my soul should long after God. Not when it fits my schedule or if I can make time for it, but on an intentional continual basis.

The same line of reasoning applies to hunger as well. When I am hungry, food is all I can think about. Until I find food I will not be satisfied.

The Lord honors these by filling the soul with good things. Not an easy life per say, but good things that bring the presence of Christ near to my heart. His presence drawing near to me. The peace of Christ overwhelming me in the midst of trials and adversity.

I can take comfort in the presence of the Lord no matter what life looks like at the moment. For this world is a struggle and it’s working to break me. But the Lord is near to me. Satisfying my soul with good things.

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