The earth absorbs the soft, refreshing rain

The earth absorbs the soft, refreshing rain,
And sends it back in flow’rs and fruits again;
So we receive Thy life so rich and free,
And live it out for joy and praise to Thee.
The moon receives the sun’s bright, golden light,
And gives it forth to cheer the darksome night;
So we receive the rays of light Divine,
And with them on this darkened world we shine.
’Tis by Thy love that I can love and bless
The foes who seek to blast my happiness;
Can e’en rejoice, when bearing wrong and shame,
Thou deem’st me meet to suffer for Thy name.
Naught but Thyself can satisfy my heart,
Constrain my will from self and sin to part:
In love so great Thou giv’st Thyself to me;
That I may Thee express eternally.

Diamond Bar, California, United States

Naught but Thyself can satisfy my heart. Oh Lord only You! Your love constrains me and keeps me from the self, sin and the world. Thy love so great! Keep us loving You that we would express You! Thank You Lord for satisifying us! Oh Lord we pray for Your expression on the whole earth that You would be satisfied!

Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

James Mountain was an English revivalist and pastor. He wrote many books and articles. And though he also wrote a number of hymns, he is better known for the tunes he contributed for hymns such as: Jesus I Am Resting, Resting; Like a River Glorious; and Loved With Everlasting Love. He was greatly influenced by the evangelistic ministry of Dwight L. Moody and Ira Sankey in Britain during the 1870’s. His music reflects what he learned from them. From 1882 to 1889 he made a seven-year evangelistic tour of the world. - wordwisehymns