Psalm 63:1-2 “A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. 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; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.”
Being a grandparent, newborn babies are a delight to watch.
We get the cooing, the smiles, holding them while they’re at their best. We’ll change the occasional diaper, even babysit for a few hours, but, when that little one is hungry, they need to eat!
We all have appetites; some we feed regularly, and others that would be dangerous to feed. We are taught early on, that the appetites we have need to be regulated, or scheduled. Otherwise, we would live by impulse to every fleshly desire that popped up.
We also need discernment as to which appetite to feed and which to starve.
Most of the world lives carnally. They indulge in their appetites to some degree, but few are able govern themselves fully. Unsaved man cannot even discern their own spiritual appetite.
1 Corinthians 2:13-14 “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
Each of us will come under the influence of the Holy Spirit. When presented with the gospel, God then uses His Word to penetrate our soul, convict our heart of our need for salvation, and ultimately leave us with the decision of whether or not to trust Jesus Christ as our Savior.
Mankind has an enemy that seeks to keep us blinded and works overtime to feed the carnal appetites by serving up a buffet table of worldly delights. He, then, watches to see what things catch our eye and serves up more of the same.
As a saved, child of God, I have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit whose job it is to instruct me, to lead me and to guide me into all truth. He presents to me the spiritual choices I need to make and convicts me when I choose any way other than God’s way.
In the passage today, David says:
“…my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is”
So, how does my soul become ‘thirsty’?
It truly comes down to a matter of who it is you feed.
If you feed the flesh and neglect the spirit, the flesh will win every time.
If you feed the flesh and the spirit, you are double-minded and the Word of God has something to say about that.
James 1:8 “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”
But to truly succeed, we must starve the fleshly appetites and bring them into submission and feed the spirit. When our spirit is fed from the Word of God, in submission to the Spirit of God, we begin to hunger for the things of the Spirit.
Romans 8:5-6 “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”
Some things that we hunger after become a stronghold in our life – it puts us into bondage. It is those appetites we must truly shun. Some are so strong, that we become addicted to them.
There are those who are addicted to lying, gossip, anger, and depression. Others to drugs and alcohol. Some to laziness, rebellion and apathy.
We must combat those fleshly desires in our life with the spiritual – it is then we will overcome them.
Romans 12:21 “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Combat the evil in our life and add to it more good. Soon, you will experience the victory and be able to bring your soul to say; “I am hungry for spiritual things”.