Hungry for GOD.

Bible Reading:  Psalm 84:1-12

Isaiah speaks of a longing for God [Isaiah 26:8-9]. The same longing was expressed by David in Psalm 84:2 when he wrote, “My soul yearns, even faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God” [see also Psalm 42:1-2 & Psalm 63:1].

Jesus spoke about this same longing, when He said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they will be filled”[Matthew 5:6] and similarly in John 7:37 when He cried out, “Let any man who is thirsty come to me and drink.” Jesus was speaking about the Holy Spirit [John 7:38-39]. The hungry soul who longs for righteousness will be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Many years ago I was desperately aware of my need for something more of God than I had experienced. I went to several places and spoke with different people about this longing, but was always disappointed. I was searching for about four years until one day I heard a simple Baptist preacher speaking about Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian Church – “That you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” [Ephesians 3:19]. I shared with this man my longing and he agreed to meet me later that evening. When we met he gave me a word of prophecy and then told me to stay where I was until the Holy Spirit filled me. Hours went by. I stood up, knelt down, and lay down repeatedly, just waiting. Then God came. He came as a bright light and overwhelmed me with His presence. I was prostrate before Him and experienced something like liquid love just filling me in wave after wave. Later that day I heard the Holy Spirit say, “That was the easy part but now walk in the Spirit!” My life has never been the same since.

Questions:

Charles Spurgeon, one of the greatest of preachers, said that the prayer that was most often on his lips was, “Create within me Lord a soul thirst for you.” Would you today ask God to give you a hunger and thirst for Him?

God has made it clear that we should seek Him but sometimes it is a real battle. What are some of the things that hinder you from seeking God?

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