Blessed are Those who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness?

INTRO: This poem is based on the fourth of The Beatitudes in Matthew chapter 5 verse 6 ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.‘ This Beatitude has both a physical and spiritual meaning. Jesus lived on earth at a time when many of the Jews struggled, living in poverty, burdened by high taxes payable to the Roman Empire. Nothing much has changed physically in the world today.

On the day when Jesus taught these Beatitudes, he spoke of a future world where the pain and sorrow of this present world will no longer exist Revelation 21:4-5. But Jesus also spoke of an immediate quenching of spiritual hunger and thirst available through faith and trust in Him Psalm 107:9. Beverley Joy.

PODCAST Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

The world is thirsty for love, joy, and peace

Seeking relief in pleasure and things

Searching for money, attention, and affection

Drinking from cups of clay, cracked, and broken.

Jesus said, “I am the bread of life

Whoever comes to me shall never hunger

Whoever drinks my water shall never thirst”

For out of His heart flow a river of love.

God’s spiritual feast waits to satisfy

The hungry soul that longs for His joy

As a thirsty deer pants for the water

Our soul thirsts after our Heavenly Father.

Hunger is a very strong desire

Of desperation, starving for more

Consuming our thoughts until satisfied

We fear death from hunger and thirst.

It’s impossible to live without food and water

As it is without spiritual nourishment

If we eat unhealthy food, we suffer illness

As spiritual junk food brings spiritual unwellness.

When drowning, we struggle for air

We drown spiritually ignoring God’s care

Thrashing about, in search of a life raft

Look, God’s raft of salvation rescues us.

Believers in God crave His righteousness

As a starving man wants food and water

Our soul thirsts for God, and our flesh grows faint

God provides relief at His desert oasis.

The world tries to eliminate life’s pain

God’s way will get rid of the problem

The problem behind the pain is the sin

Jesus made the way to be right with Him.

After we pursue being right with God

Then we can access His happiness

It’s not a feeling of happiness

But true satisfaction and contentment.

God satisfies the longing in our heart

The hungry soul He fills with good things

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good

Those who seek God lack no spiritual peace.

Our soul is consumed with longing for God

Yet, we want for nothing, we are satisfied

With God’s goodness, we can’t get enough

For we’ve tasted that the Lord is good.

A hunger to know more of God and His Word

A hunger to know God’s character

Drink deeply in His fountain of truth

Feed into the meat of God’s Holy Word.

A hunger to conform one’s life to God’s Will

A craving to spend time in God’s presence

Are spiritually satisfied children of God

For God’s pantry is always full and nutritious.

Beverley Joy © 2021 Simply Story Poetry. All Rights Reserved.

You can listen to all my poems on several podcast platforms here

Read or listen to other poems in this series: You can read or listen to other poems in this series The Beatitudes of Jesus – An Introduction, Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit?, Blessed Are Those Who Mourn? Blessed Are The Meek? Blessed are Those who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness? Blessed are the Merciful? Blessed are the Pure?

References: Chuck Swindoll – Insight , John MacArthur – Grace To You, Alistair Begg – Truth For Life

Matthew 5:1-12 The Zondervan NASB Study Bible copyright © 1999 Zondervan

Some of the Bible verses referred to in the above references: John 7:38, John 6:35, Jerm 2:13, Psalm 63:1, Psalm 107:9, Psalm 34:8-10, Psalm 23:1

‘As the deer.’ A beautiful version of this classic hymn by Salvador.
The 2nd chapter of Acts. Psalm 63: ‘My Soul Thirsts For Thee.’ My favourite band as a teenager!

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