My Soul Longeth

hungryPsalm 84:2 My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.  84:4 Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.  84:10 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. 

I have a fast metabolism, and get hungry quickly. We all know that feeling when we haven’t had food, or have missed a meal, and we begin to feel faint. If we have a healthy appetite, we long for food to keep us going. If we continue to go on without food, our flesh begins to cry out for it. I know – here in the West we don’t know too much of hunger, but around the world, people experience this daily.

Yet the Psalmist here isn’t talking about a fainting or longing after physical food. He speaks of a fainting, or longing, after the Lord and His house. He further says that his flesh cries out for the living God. In this Psalm we see a deep hungering and thirsting for the God, kingdom of God, and for His righteousness.

My hunger for the Lord is definitely challenged through this passage this morning. I don’t know that I can say my soul faints or longs for for HIM and His courts, or that my very flesh cries out for the Lord, as the writer here did – but I desire to.  Might meditating on this passage fuel a desire and hunger for the Lord and His house.

Job 23:12 “…I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.”

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.


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