Hunger and thirst are woven into the very fabric of our being. If it has been too long since we have eaten, our bodies remind us that we must have food. When finishing up a 10K race or mowing a lawn, our bodies remind us that we must have water. Hunger and thirst are the body’s way of reminding us about what we need.
Our spirit and soul can do the same thing. Our spiritual heart provides a drive in us to experience God, especially if we are accustomed to having fellowship with the Lord and have gone without it for a while. The psalmist writes the following:
How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty!
My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord;
My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God (Psalm 84:1-2, NIV).
Can you hear the spiritual drive of the writer? He is driven to be in the presence of God. He is reminded of how awesome God’s presence is. Then, he relates how his soul longs to be with God and his heart calls out for God. At this point in his life, nothing is more important than experiencing the unmistakable presence of God and drawing near to Him. The psalmist is hungry to encounter God. And, like a physical hunger needs food, nothing else will satisfy except being with the Lord.
A little later in this same psalm, the writer says:
Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked (Psalm 84:10, NIV).
The writer would rather be intentionally with God and focused on Him than be anywhere else doing anything else. In fact, he would rather have a lowly job in the house of God, being a doorkeeper, than be reveling in anything else that is going on in the tents of the wicked. He understood that the worst that God has to offer will always be better than the best that the world has to offer.
Does your heart have that kind of longing for the Lord? Are you hungry to know Him more? Are you longing to experience Him in spirit and truth? Are you seeking God to satisfy that thirsting in your soul? Will you do anything to have the privilege of drawing near to God and sitting in His presence?
Maybe it has been some time since you have had that kind of experience with the Lord. Draw near to Him and be reminded of the peace and joy that comes by merely being with Him. Maybe you have never had that kind of experience with the Lord. Are you tired of being left empty when the hype of the world fades? God offers you a fulfilling experience with Him where your past can be forgiven and you can have a brand new start.
Only the Lord can satisfy your deepest hunger. Will you let Him?