“I opened my mouth wide and panted, for I longed for Your commandments” [Psalm 119.131 NASB]
Most of us have heard the desperate cry of a hungry or a thirsty child. We may be able, with a toy or something else, to temporarily ease and divert their attention, but in fact, the child urgently needs what his mother alone has to offer.
When itinerant prophets visit and teach in our churches, there is usually a queue to hear them give Christians a personal word from the Lord, before the meetings draw to a conclusion.
Have you ever been among that number? Once the word has been given and the light of a new day has dawned, you wonder how it fits into what you had previously heard.
At that time, we are inclined to put prophets on different levels, as we try to make sense of what we have heard. Sometimes we cannot, and we keep some words to the forefront of our minds, and others, somewhere near the back.
If you had been asked, while you were waiting in the long queue, would you have honestly said that you were desperate to hear a word from the Lord?
David, the man after God's own heart, was also one hundred percent desperately keen to hear what He alone had to say.
You may think, "I am like David".
Pause and think again.
There is a massive difference between what you wanted and what David had desired. The word which you heard may not have demanded a response.
But, notice here, David was not overly keen to hear a promise or a sweet word from the Lord, which would have tickled his fancy and been very easy to assimilate. But he only wanted to both hear and obey the commandments of the Lord.
If we have ever wondered, "why are there not people like David in our churches?" ...this would be a good place to start.
Nothing will cause the Spirit in you to rise to the surface quicker than a Spirit inspired word. If you feel dry and dusty on the inside, maybe, just maybe, you are not open to hearing a word from heaven where you are.
God had imparted both light and understanding to David; and such was the craving which that experience had created, that he was like a new-born child, crying out and hungering and thirsting for more and more.
Do you yearn for God the way an exhausted animal would thirst for water in a barren environment?
God gives the refreshing of the Holy Spirit to those who obey Him [Acts 5.32].