Hungry Souls

Tammy De Ruyter

READ : Psalm 107:1-9

The hungry he fills with good things. (v. 9)

Have you ever been hungry? Really hungry? Usually that means little more than a grumbling stomach, or perhaps dizziness or a headache. Serious hunger is inconceivable to most of us, the horrors of starvation unimaginable. But there is an even greater kind of hunger we do feel. Have you ever been hungry for God? Really hungry?

During the years of their wilderness wanderings, the Israelites experienced both spiritual and physical hunger. They lived in a literal and figurative wasteland for years. The Lord heard their cry for help, and eventually brought them to a place they could live (v. 7). But physical needs weren’t their only ones. Along with hunger and thirst, morale and faith bottomed out. “Their soul fainted within them” (v. 5). Finally, in desperation, they cried out to God, and he “delivered them from their distress” (v. 6).

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled,” Jesus said (Matthew 5:6). Only in Christ is ultimate righteousness found. Only in him is the hunger of our souls truly satisfied. If we turn our hearts toward him, he will answer and we will know his steadfast love. “O give thanks to the Lord . . . For he satisfies the thirsty, and the hungry he fills with good things” (v. 9)


God, may we too cry out to you and be filled.