The kind of hunger that we need to develop for God is the kind of hunger that just can’t get enough.
Building on the foundation laid by my article, ‘The Pursuit of Holiness‘, I want to take this one stage further and look at the pursuit of God. My children have recently enjoyed listening to a song sung by Bethel Music Kids, called ‘Chasing You’. The lyrics of the song talk of chasing God, of being in love with Him, and being so captivated by Him that you just can’t get enough. The song says, “I’ll spend my days running after your heart“. This is the kind of hunger that we need to develop for God, the kind of hunger that means you just can’t get enough. So let’s make a determined effort to seek God on a daily basis.
David too, wrote songs about having an overwhelming hunger and thirst for God. Look at these examples from the book of Psalms:
- “As a deer longs for a stream of cool water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for you, the living God. When can I go and worship in your presence?“(Psalm 42:1-2, Good News Translation)
- “God—you’re my God! I can’t get enough of you! I’ve worked up such hunger and thirst for God.” (Psalm 63:1, The Message)
- “I lift my hands to you in prayer. I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain.” (Psalm 143:6, New Living Translation)
You can see David’s hunger for God throughout Psalm 119. Look at verses 97-104 from the New Revised Standard Version:
“Oh, how I love your law! It is my meditation all day long. Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is always with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your decrees are my meditation. I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts. I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep your word. I do not turn away from your ordinances, for you have taught me. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.“
We will find that we can echo David’s words about the Bible being sweeter than honey to our mouths.
The Tehillim’s commentary on this Psalm informs us that the Jews have a time honoured custom, designed to make the words of the Torah (the Law) sweet to the palate. The custom is that when a child first begins to study, drops of honey are put on letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The child is given the treat of licking the honey from the letters, so that he will always associate the letters of the Torah with sweetness. As we actively seek to pursue God, a big part of doing so will be a desire to know more and more of Him through His Word. At first, we may need to make a effort to develop a hunger for God’s Word, but soon we will find that we can echo David’s words about the Bible being sweeter than honey to our mouths.
If you are truly chasing after Him with all your heart, you will have no hesitation in obeying whatever He asks you to do.
In Act 13:22 it is recorded that God said of David, “David (son of Jesse) is a man after my own heart, for he will obey me“. We have seen David’s desire for God as evidenced in the Psalms, but here in this verse, we find out what God considers to be one of the key signs of a man (or woman) after God’s heart. So what is this sign? Is it how much of the Bible you read every day? No! (although of course that’s important). Is it how much time you spend praying in tongues? No! (but this is also important). Is it how much you give to the poor? No! (but God is certainly pleased when you do this). The only sign that gets a mention by God, is the willingness to obey Him. If you are truly hungry for God, if you are truly chasing after Him with all your heart, you will have no hesitation in obeying whatever He asks you to do (or not to do). The number one reason that you will want to obey God , is because you want to please Him. The secondary reason will be that you trust God so completely that you know, without a shadow of doubt, that what He is asking you to do (or not do) will bring more of His blessing into your life.
Develop an earnest desire for God.
Obedience to God covers everything else you need to do to live a life of constantly pursuing him. Take a look at these things that God has already said in His Word:
- Pursue holiness: “You must be holy in every aspect of your lives, just as the one who called you is holy“. 1 Peter 1:15, Common English Bible
- Read God’s Word and put it into practice: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success“. Joshua 1:8, English Standard Version
- Pray all the time: “Never stop praying“. 1 Thessalonians 5:17, New Living Translation
- Pray in tongues: “I desire that you all speak in tongues“. 1 Corinthians 14:5, Modern English Version
- Be generous: “Be generous and share your food with the poor. You will be blessed for it“. Proverbs 22:9, Good News Translation
- Walk in love: “Walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us“. Ephesians 5:2, King James Version
As we end this article, let me encourage you to develop an earnest desire for God, to chase after Him with the intensity that a cheetah chases after it’s prey. In Psalm 27:8 from the New American Standard Bible David said, “When You said, ‘Seek My face,’ my heart said to You, ‘Your face, O Lord, I shall seek’“. God is saying to us now, “Seek My face“, let’s echo David’s words and reply, “Your face, O Lord, I shall seek“. Finally here is the video for the ‘grown-up’ (i.e. original version) of ‘Chasing You’ by Bethel Music – enjoy!
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