~* SATISFIED *~
Clara Tear Williams, 1858-1937
For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
The lie of the secularist is the notion that contentment in life
is dependent upon material possessions. The going expression
is "if I only had just a little more". One of the important
lessons that we should learn early in life is this: "If I am
not satisfied with what I have, I will never be satisfied with
what I want." But contentment is an attitude that must be
learned and developed. It is foreign to our human behavior.
The apostle Paul was shut up in Nero's dungeon in Rome when he
penned these words:
"I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound:
every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full
and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need."
Paul's contentment was a personal relationship with his Lord. Money can buy many wonderful things, but it never provides this kind of permanent satisfaction. Only an intimate daily relationship with our Creator can truly satisfy the human heart.
In his book Songs That Lift the Heart George Beverly Shea
tells of his first meeting with the author of this hymn text,
Mrs. Clara Tear Williams. It occurred while he was walking one
day with his dad:
"That," said Dad, "was Mrs. Clara Tear Williams. She writes
hymns." There was a near reverence in his voice, and though I
was only eight years old, I was duly impressed. When Dad and I
got home that afternoon, I told Mother about meeting Mrs.
Williams, the hymn-writer. She smiled knowingly and nodded her
head. Then she went to the piano bench and found a hymnal that
contained one of Clara Tear Williams' compositions. She
explained that Mrs. Williams had written the words, but that
the music had been written by Ralph E. Hudson, an Ohio
publisher who also was an evangelistic singer. A few years
later, when I was in my teens and began to sing solos, I
mentioned the hymn that Mother played that day and sang it. It
was entitled, "Satisfied".
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 soulís 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.
*For Today*: Psalm 42:1, 81:16, 103:5; Proverbs 13:4; Philippians 4:11 & 12
Reflect on this question--"What is the true source of my daily satisfaction?"
Music url: The Cyber Hymnal
Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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