Scripture Reading: Psalm 17
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Fleshly appetites to represent spiritual longing. Deepest cravings.
Righteousness—justification, complete transformation into one who is righteous, living in the midst of total righteousness.
Filled—complete satisfaction of spiritual desire. Saturated.
--Romans 1:29—unbelievers are filled with unrighteousness.
As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?3 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?
4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.
Panteth—desire in a state of exhaustion. Thirsteth for living God—one true God, not anything less. Joy is coming, so don’t get too down.
--God is the embodiment of righteousness. Longing for righteousness is longing for God.
Jeremiah 23:6; 33:16—The Lord our righteousness.
Arise, O Lord, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword:14 From men which are thy hand, O Lord, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes.15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.
Wicked prosper, get all kinds of stuff and happy families. Psalmist would rather have God, puts his pleasure in seeing God’s face. Satisfied—filled full, to have in excess, to point of sickness! Awake—in resurrection. Thy likeness—full conformity to Christ.
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
Without money—reliance on earthly things is a reliance on money. God gives spiritual provision freely. Yet we prefer temporal filling. Ye shall live—have true life.
John 4--Earthly water you’ll thirst again; spiritual water you will never thirst again.
Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:7 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.8 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;
Will perform—complete, carry through to the end. Full sanctification. Long with bowels of Christ—tender mercies, he desires their growth, not just his. A hunger for righteousness to grow more in others.
More and more—it is never enough, there is always more, keep going!
That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
Prove what is excellent—as love grows, we become more discerning about what good is. We don’t just avoid what is bad, we pursue what is excellent, what is best.
By Jesus Christ—He is the source, we use what He has given, it increases in righteousness, not just a spiritual idea but a practical, lived reality of becoming and doing righteousness.
An eternal fulfillment in righteous perfection, grown in experience while here by the power of Jesus Christ and His Gospel.