SATISFIED WITH JESUS                                                               written in 1926

The Story

Baylus Benjamin McKinney (named in hymnals as “B.B. McKinney) (1886-1952) was born in Louisiana. He grew up to attend college, the Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, TX; the Siegel-Myers Correspondence School of Music in Chicago, IL, and the Bush Conservatory of Music in Chicago. Oklahoma Baptist University awarded him an honorary MusD degree in 1942.

McKinney served as music editor at the Robert H. Coleman company in Dallas, TX (from 1918-35). In 1919, after several months in the army, McKinney returned to Fort Worth, where Isham E. Reynolds asked him to join the faculty of the School of Sacred Music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He taught at the seminary until 1932, then pastored in at the Travis Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Worth (1931-35). In 1935, McKinney became music editor for the Baptist Sunday School Board in Nashville, Tennessee.

When I attended (and received my Master’s Degree from) SWBTS, my wife and I were members of Travis Avenue BC for a short time, until we were called to Hilltop BC in Weatherford, TX.

McKinney wrote words and music for about 150 songs, and music for 115 more.

The Song

            Read this hymn, and – today – examine your own heart and mind. Are you satisfied with Jesus?

I am satisfied with Jesus, He has done so much for me:
He has suffered to redeem me, He has died to set me free.

Chorus:
I am satisfied, I am satisfied, I am satisfied with Jesus;
but the question comes to me, as I think of Calvary,
“Is my Master satisfied with me?”

He is with me in my trials, best of friends of all is He;
I can always count on Jesus, can He always count on me? (Chorus)

I can hear the voice of Jesus, calling out so pleadingly,
“Go and win the lost and straying”; is He satisfied with me? (Chorus)

When my work on earth is ended, and I cross the mystic sea,
Oh, that I could hear Him saying, “I am satisfied with thee.” (Chorus)

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