My Soul Thirsts for YouSeries: The Pursuit of Knowledge
John 4.34: My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. What did Jesus make the center of his life? As His disciple, do you share the same desire and priority for your own life? Today we will talk about something foundational to the pursuit of knowledge: that is, our desire for God.
Hungering and Thirsting for Righteousness
- Matthew 5.6: Let’s examine this passage in depth for a moment. What does it mean to hunger and thirst?
- The two verbs, hunger & thirst, are used to describe desire of the greatest and most intense variety.
- Something strong/intense. There is a deep longing for relief.
- The verbs are written in present tense, describing an ongoing, continuous, moment-by-moment desire.
- Does this type of intensity describe us? Or … do we feel like when it comes to the spiritual that we can just “take it or leave it?”
Psalm 63: Learning from David’s Devotion and Worship
- Psalm 63.1 - First, David recalls his relationship with God: You are my God…
- Everything else in Psalm 63 is based on the fact that Yahweh is David’s God.
- 63.1b - He desires God Himself: Earnestly I seek you…
- 63.3 - what else does David express while he is in the wilderness? Your steadfast love is better than life…
- He wanted God more than the joys of life. So must we.
- He does that by what looking at God in His past, present and future.
- The past:
- 62.2 - So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. What does this mean?
- This empowers him in the present:
- 63.8 - Your right hand upholds me.
- It fills him with hope for the future:
- 63.5a - My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food.
- The past:
- John 4.34: What is at the center of your life?
- What is the promise of Matthew 5.6? For those who hunger and thirst? They shall be satisfied.
- John 4.14: the water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.