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Awakening the Hunger

 8Oh, that men would praise [and confess to] the Lord for His goodness and loving-kindness and His wonderful works to the children of men!

9For He satisfies the longing soul and fills the hungry soul with good. –Psalm 107:8-9 (AMP)

This psalm is interesting in how it’s structured. We see this line over and over, “Oh than men would praise…” then it goes on to say how His people rebelled and refused to follow, but then He would turn when they repented and deliver them.

If we focus really hard, we may be able to crack the code: our lives are like this.

I admit I can get frustrated at times with how people respond or don’t respond to God. I know the truth of verse nine because He has satisfied my longing soul and filled me with good. It makes me hungry for more, but in so many, I see a fundamental lack of hunger.

That’s not to say I believe I’m better than anyone else, but I would be lying if I said I weren’t hungry. I want to see His glory revealed, His great revival and awakening, miracles erupting, nations shaken by His truth and life… then on the other end of the spectrum, you sometimes feel as though you’re chasing people down to come to church or to see past themselves and what they can get.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. –Matthew 5:6

I understand the cry of the psalmist and it’s my cry, “Oh that men would praise the Lord…”

As I have been praying on and pondering all this, I saw that I have a part to play. I can’t make someone hungry, of course, but I can maybe help them along.

It hit me that talking about food usually doesn’t make me hungry if I’m not already hungry. It’s seeing food or a delicious meal that stirs something deep inside me and makes my stomach growl.

I can be completely full and flip over to the Food porn channel Network to watch them making something. The sights, the sounds, the beauty of it–my mouth starts watering.

It’s the same with others and their hunger for God. I have to do my best to show His goodness and live out these miracles and obey His heart. I have to demonstrate the truth and not only talk about it passionately. People still may be reluctant, but at least it’s another opportunity to stir up that hunger for all God wants to do.

Our hunger is intended to be bigger than our needs, our families, our lives. We are to be hungry for His Kingdom coming and will being done in our city, church, and nation. That’s what I want to see people awakened to in this time. So much fights against it, but there is grace to overcome.

For right now, I’m going to be a man that praises Him and proclaims and shows His goodness and love for anyone who’ll pay attention.

How is your spiritually hunger right now? What do you do when the hunger wanes?


Over at Faith Barista, Bonnie Gray is hosting a blog-and-comment discussion of the topic, Feed Your Soul. Go check out all the great posts there.
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22 Comments

  1. Dude, Jason…

    i love that psalm…

    He also satisfied with the richest of foods I might add…he satisties with the best of the best…Himself!

    you, if I prayed as much as I was hungry,….i’m be nominated for a saint! lol…

    I’m lacking to be honest…

    But He is dealing with me on this…he really is…wrestling to seek his face!
    arny recently posted..The Analogy of the Ring #2: Hobbit HeartsMy Profile

    • So good, Arny. And I’m glad He’s faithful to deal with us and faithfully point out the path. Thanks so much.

  2. So your picture definitely makes me hungry. What a great analogy, Jason…seeing the meal can help others develop an appetite for it. Great thoughts!

    • I know. It’s been a while since I’ve had a good steak--maybe that’s why I was drawn to the picture! 🙂 Thanks Lisa.

  3. Your post is very encouraging today!
    I can pass on a love for the Lord just by being honest about His goodness to me!
    Helen recently posted..Committees for ChristMy Profile

    • Thanks Helen! I know you show His love and goodness--keep up the good work. 🙂

  4. I sometimes get frustrated, not just with the peoples’ lack of hunger, but my own as well. I wonder what in the world is wrong. Why am I not craving his Word? There is no one thing I do to satisfy that craving though. One of the biggest things for me is a heart-to-heart talk with God and myself as we try to figure it out. Good word today Jason.
    bill (cycleguy) recently posted..Sold!!My Profile

    • yeah, just because I don’t feel I’m in that position now doesn’t mean I haven’t experienced that lack of hunger and there is always more. Honesty with God is a huge step. We stop pretending and face things head-on. Thanks Bill.

  5. I now that when I need to feed my spiritual hunger, I eat anyway. I’ve learned that when I sit down for my prayer time, even when I’m not into it, eventually I get in the mood to connect with God. Sometimes it just takes the discipline to keep at it. Great post, Jason.
    SethC recently posted..Approach.My Profile

    • I really think that’s key. It’s not that we aren’t hungry, it’s that we fill up on other stuff and we only hurt ourselves. Thanks Seth.

  6. We all have the hunger for God inside of us, but unfortunately most people seek for the world to feed their hunger.
    As you said, we need to show God to people so they can see the One that can really satisfy them.
    And you made a great point in highlighting those verses from the Psalm and then exploring the two sides of our hunger (for God and for seeing God praised).
    Great job!
    Cris Ferreira recently posted..The dangerous act of judgementMy Profile

    • So true. We can feel up on junk food and find we have no appetite leftover. It has to change! Thanks so much, Cris. Blessings.

  7. Jason I want to be hungry for the Lord everyday. Only he can satisfy our hungry. In the natural when we are hungry we go to the fridge and eat of the food that God has provided us. In the spiritual we should be going to the house of our Lord and eating of his provisions, his word, praying, and seeking the Lord to fully satisfy our spiritual hunger.
    Juan Cruz Jr recently posted..God’s PatienceMy Profile

    • Amen to that, Juan. He provides so generously for all our needs. Thank you for sharing your thoughts--I appreciate it.

  8. I echo the others. Good word. On time word today. Thank you. I’m there, hungry for more of Him, hungry for a deeper touch. But thanks be to God, who always causes us to triumph in Christ Jesus! I’m on it! Well, He and I are on it!

    • That’s the best place to be. 🙂 Thanks Sherry!

  9. You made me think of hospitality. If I set the “table” of relationship beautifully, make my guests feel truly at home (by being real with them), loved and cared for (listened to), prepare wonderful food that they recognize (not cram it down their throat) it entices them to come… even if they just take a small bite at a time. Scripture says to some we are the aroma of death… to others the aroma of life. You can’t make someone hungry for Christ… only the HS can… my part is being ready to serve them whenever, wherever.

    • That’s exactly it and I get to participate with the Holy Spirit in revealing the love and power of the Father and His Kingdom. Thanks so much, Patricia.

  10. I am hungrier than I have been in years. It is due to spending more time with God. The more time I spend--the hungrier I get.
    seekingpastor recently posted..Winnie the Pooh, Batman, and QuestionsMy Profile

    • It’s comfort food. It’s fuel to run. It’s always good for us! We can’t get enough. Thanks Matt. That’s awesome.

  11. I just love that psalm! Just thinking about God’s loving-kindness makes me hungry for God. Loving-kindness is one of my all time favorite words. It just captures the heart of Our Heavenly Father so well. Thanks, Jason, for sharing encouragement for pilgrims. Blessings to you, brother!

    • And blessings to you, Mari-Anna! Thank you. 🙂

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