Did you know that the biggest diet day for men is the day after the Super Bowl? That makes sense as Super Bowl Sunday is the second most eating day behind Thanksgiving! In fact, the average football fan gains ten pounds during the entire season! There is something about couch time that encourages snacking. And the more crunch there is, the more the chewing can release pent up tension as that player tries for the field goal! And of course there are extra bites to celebrate…or to commiserate!
There is hunger and thirst in today’s verse for something much more satisfying than football snacks. Those that hunger and thirst for righteousness will be full and satisfied. With His righteousness we do not pine for something more. There is no feeling of missing out on something better. A righteous life is the best kind of life. Doing the right thing, following His way, and experiencing right standing with our Creator gives a sense of well-being that is complete. No other kind of life can be quite as full or satisfying!
My problem is that I hunger and thirst for other things, good things, that give only temporary satisfaction. And of course, I hunger and thirst again. But I do not want my life to be characterized by always wanting. I desperately want to experience that contentment and satisfaction He offers. If I make the Lord the object of my longing, He will satisfy me. He has promised life to the full (John 10:10). This “blessedness” means that I can overflow with hope (Rom. 15:13) and with joy (II Cor. 8:2). I want to be able to say with the Psalmist, “my cup overflows!” (Psalm 23:5)
Fill me up with You, Lord.