Recently I heard Tony Evans ask the following question: “How do you know when you are hungry?”
After a short pause he answered, “When you know what it is like to be full.”
I thought to myself that same principal applies to spiritual hunger. Perhaps you are like me, right now, this very day, spiritually hungry. The reason you know you are spiritually hungry is that you understand what it is like to be saturated with His word–to feast upon the Word. You remember devouring nuggets of truth and drinking in His grace. And, when you do arise from the banquet table, you know you are full. Satisfied, yet longing to get back for the next meal, because whatever you are facing leaves you empty and the only way you can receive the strength and nourishment to make it through is to feed upon His Word (the answers, directions, peace, wisdom, and truth).
King David, while in the Judean wilderness, knew what it was like to hunger and thirst for the presence of God. How he longed to be in the presence of His heavenly Father–worshipping in Jerusalem! His words are poignant in Psalm 63 as he pours out his heart and devotion, “O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You . . .” (v. 1). This Psalm teaches, regardless of the circumstances, we are to seek Him now. Seeking Him is a continual, lifelong process.
In verse five David writes, “My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth offers praises with joyful lips.” John MacArthur states in his commentary: “This is a metaphor comparing the spiritual and emotional satisfaction of the divine presence with the satisfaction of rich banquet food.” When we seek Him, He will satisfy! This sounds like being spiritually full to me.
Are you hungry? Then seek Him. Are you thirsty? Then seek Him. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, because they will be filled (Matthew 5:6).” Begin with the words of Psalm 25 and digest slowly.