Psalms 63:1 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
Being hungry and thirsty for righteousness should never be an event; we should be hungry and thirsty for God every day. David said in Psalms 63:1 “my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee”. The use of the words “thirsteth” and “longeth” indicates a continuous hunger and thirst for more of God. To follow the example of David, what can we do to stay hungry and thirsty for God? In Leviticus 6:12 there were three (3) stipulations that were given by God to prevent the fire from going out. Firstly, it was required that the priests continually feed the fire. In alluding to that the scripture stated that the priest shall burn wood on it every morning, but to show the need for the fire to be continually fed, the scripture went further to say that “the fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out”. We can continually feed the fire of God in us through praying without ceasing and investing time in the word of God.
Another key requirement to continually stay hungry and thirsty for God is that of practicing total surrender every day. The priests were required to lay the burnt offering in order upon the altar daily; for us that means that we must submit to His will every day and carefully follow His direction. A failure to do so will cause Him to keep His distance or withdraw His presence from us. Our spiritual fire can only keep burning if the fire of the spirit is burning within us.
The last way in which we can stay hungry and thirsty for God is by giving Him our best praise and worship. The evidence of that is that in addition to feeding the fire with wood and putting the burnt offering on the fire, the priests were also required to burn the fat of the peace offerings on the altar. The peace offering represents thanksgiving and praise and the mention of the word “fat” indicates that nothing but the best was required. Lackluster praise will not get the attention of God nor invite His presence, God wants only our best.
Life Application: Stay Hungry and thirsty for God by continually feeding the Spirit of God through prayer and the studying of the word of God. In addition, submit totally to His will and give Him your best praise and worship.
Prayer: Lord, my soul longs and thirsts for you. May I never get satisfied with where I am in you. May the fire on my altar never burn out. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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