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Soul Thirst: When Only God is Enough

Soul Thirst: When Only God is Enough

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Published by D. A. Blanc, PhD
A study of personal spiritual experience as it relates to Psalm 42.
A study of personal spiritual experience as it relates to Psalm 42.

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10 5th Avenue, Gloversville, NY 12078 
2013 
Soul Thirst  
When Only God Is Enough
Douglas Blanc, PhD
New Life Bible Fellowship
 
Dr. Douglas A. Blanc, Sr. June 2013 New Life Bible Fellowship
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SOUL THIRST
 
Psalm 42:1-11
INTRODUCTION
Revival is the state of the soul in distress for God and for God alone. This is the truth derived
from a familiar psalm which focuses on the worshipper’s desire for God.
The psalmist depictsthis desire for God with a figure of speech (simile). In terms of his own experience and that of his fellow worshippers, he describes the worship of God as a deer thirsting for water.1.
 
The deer does not learn to thirst.2.
 
The deer needs only trust its natural intuition (sense) to be led to the thirst-quenchingwater.In his timeless classic
The Pursuit of God 
(1948),
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Christian and Missionary Alliance Pastor A. W.Tozer (1897-1963) describes the need for such yearning after God in his day:In this hour of all-but-universal darkness one cheering gleam appears: within thefold of conservative Christianity there are to be found increasing numbers of persons whose religious lives are marked by a growing hunger after God Himself.They are eager for spiritual realities and will not be put off with words, nor will
they be content with correct “interpretations” of truth. They are athirst for God,
and they will not be satisfied till they have drunk deep at the Fountain of LivingWater. This is the only real harbinger of revival which I have been able to detect
anywhere on the religious horizon. It may be the cloud the size of a man’s hand
for which a few saints here and there have been looking. It can result in aresurrection of life for many souls and a recapture of that radiant wonder whichshould accompany faith in Christ, that wonder which has all but fled the Churchof God in our day.Written 65-years-ago, these words emphatically describe the spiritual climate of our day.A mere glance at the teaching of Jesus in the
Sermon on the Mount 
rewards us with similarlanguage to describe
the soul’s pursuit of God. The so
-
called “Beatitudes” (from the Latin
beatus
=
 
“blessed”) section of the
Sermon
contains declaration of Jesus, “Blessed are those who
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hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they
will be filled” (Matt 5:6
TNIV).
The term “filled” isbetter rendered “satisfied” (ESV) and refers to the soul’s inward satisfaction.
Jesus is saying that the truly satisfied soul is one which craves righteousness as the bodynaturally craves food and water to sustain natural life. In other words, a follower of Jesus isblessed with an inner supernatural craving to satisfy the desires of the soul.The soul thus awakened toward God does not need to be taught to crave after righteousness,but is intuitively prompted to do so. The Christian craves righteousness because his/her eyeshave been opened to the Savior who alone is the Righteous One (1 John 2:1) and in whom weare entirely satisfied and every craving to please God ceases. This brings to mind the often-
mentioned quote of John Piper: God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.”
 Thus, Jesus is the end (goal) of the Mosaic Law according to the apostle Paul (Rom 10:1-4). Hedid not come to abolish the scriptures known to the Jews, but to fulfill its precepts andpromises (Matt 5:17-20). In Christ, a righteousness exceeding the standard of fulfillmentrequired by the former Law and modeled by its leading practitioners (e.g. the Pharisees) isdiscovered (Matt 5:20).From this we learn that within mankind is an impulse for God. Once awakened, the soul cannotrest until it rests in God. Augustine of Hippo (354-430 AD), one of the early church Fathersdeclared of his own longing:
“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and o
ur heart is restlessuntil it finds its rest in thee
(
Confessions
).
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 As creatures of the living God, we are made by him and for him and will never be satisfiedunless we are rightly related to him and live in a meaningful relationship with him. Truly, thisworld offers much in material possessions and the personal realization of comforts, status, andachievement which dull
the edge of the soul’s craving for God.
1.
 
Jesus told a parable of such a man (Luke 12:16-21).2.
 
Jesus also warned of the high cost assoc
iated with living one’s life in terms of this world
only (Matt 16:26).3.
 
Instead, Jesus taught to place the kingdom of God and his righteousness as first inordering our priorities for daily living (Matt 6:33).4.
 
James refers to this kind of living as presumptuous, reckless, and foolish (Jas 4:13-17).5.
 
James seems to imply that knowledge of the good is possessed by those who willfullyreject its intuitive craving for God and his righteousness (Jas 4:17).
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