Mathew 5:6

6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
NIV New International Version

6You're blessed when you've worked up a good appetite for God.
He's food and drink in the best meal you'll ever eat.
MSG The Message Bible

6Blessed and fortunate and happy and spiritually prosperous
(in that state in which the born-again child of God
His favor and salvation) are those who hunger and thirst for
(uprightness and right standing with God),
for they shall be
completely satisfied!
AMP The Amplified Bible

6God blesses those who are hungry and thirsty for justice,
for they will receive it in full.     
NLT New Living Translation

6God blesses those people who want to obey him more than
to eat or drink. They will be given what they want!
CEV Contemporary English Version

6Happy those hungering and thirsting for righteousness --
because they shall be filled.      
YLT Young's Literal Translation

6Those who are hungry and thirsty to be right with God are happy,
because they will be filled.      
NLV New Life Version

6How blest are those who hunger and thirst to see right prevail,
they shall be satisfied.     
The New English Bible

6God makes happy those who are hungry and thirsty
for what is right and good. They will be filled.
WE Worldwide English (New Testament)

Happy are those who are hungry and thirsty for goodness,
for they will be fully satisfied!     

J. B. Phillips Translation

6 O the bliss of those who hunger and thirst for all that
sets them right with God, for they shall be satisfied to the full.
Translation by William Barclay

People who hunger and thirst for what is right will finally
have their full.      

Source not known to me

As a desert wanderer longs for springs of cool water,
so my thirsty soul reaches out for You, O God.      

Leslie F. Brandt
(a paraphrase of Psalm 42:l from Psalms/Now)


What is it that you really want in life? What is it that consumes your
energy, your thinking, your time? For most of us, it is family and
primary relationships, or jobs. Others might say security needs,
ambition and personal goals. Still others would describe it as longings
for power, recognition, respect or fulfillment. As you think about these
questions, you may realize they are two and not one. That which
consumes our energy and time is not necessarily what we really want
in life. And therein lies the problem. It's like we are on two different
paths that are not going in the same direction and we get stretched
and pulled apart.

Jesus has a solution for this dilemma. He says we need one overriding
desire, the desire for God. God, the one who made us and knows us
inside and out. God, the one who loves us so much that he sacrificed
his only son to get us back again. God, the one who holds the key to
joy and peace and everything good.

Jesus repeated this theme more than once. After a discourse on worry
and providing for the necessities of life, Jesus put it this way: "Seek
first his [God's] kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things
will be given to you as well." Here in the beatitudes he said: "Blessed
are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled."

Above all that we do in life, we are to recognize the longing in our
hearts for God and God's righteousness. Above all, we are to cultivate
that desire and nurture it so that it grows and grows. Above all we
are to learn to know God and love God and find our joy in God. Above
all we are blessed if that longing is so great that we are like a starving
man or a thirsting woman in a desperate search for food and drink.

When we long for God, we also long for all that God is. Jesus used
the word "righteousness" as an all-encompassing concept. In the
Bible, righteousness is often paired with faith and trust, salvation and
safety, or with justice and peace. Righteousness is described as a
garment, an advance guard, a tree, a branch, a fruit, a shield, a crown,
a scepter, a standard for judgment, a path on which to walk, a deliverer,
an object to love, a message to speak, an offering to God, a gift from
God, a reign of grace.

The Bible says righteousness is like a great mountain, a mighty river,
and light at the dawn of the day. It rains from the skies and grows up
from the ground. Righteousness is associated with both God's anger
and God's loving kindness. And it is eternal, from everlasting to
everlasting. Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him as
righteousness. His faith made him righteous in God's eyes.

Other people have defined righteousness as being right with God,
with others and with ourselves. Or doing good things for good reasons;
wanting to be truly good; acting with justice and making peace. However
you define that word, God will be at the heart of the definition because
God is the author of righteousness.

The righteousness which God desires in us has nothing to do with
rituals or the appearance of piety. It has everything to do with attitudes
of the heart. True goodness is a fruit of a heart changed by God, and
has little to do with the outward forms of religious traditions.

Just as light dispels darkness, and just as the warmth of the morning
sun replaces the chill of the night, so righteousness cannot dwell with
that which is not righteous. When we choose one, the other must go.

When we long for God and God's righteousness as much as the
desert wanderer longs for food and drink, everything else in our lives
will fall into place. We become whole instead of fragmented. We are
no longer pulled in many directions. And as Jesus said in this beatitude,
we will no longer be running on empty; rather we shall be filled.

What a glorious word "filled" is. Filled as in a full tank of gas, eating a
full meal, a bill that's paid in full, a full crew to work with. God's idea of
a full cup is over the brim, running over and splashing down the sides.
God is always generous beyond measure. So when Jesus says you
will be filled--let's just say that God's buffet never ends and you can
come back later in the day for dessert or come tomorrow anytime
for more.

When you are hungry and thirsty, pictures of food and drink will not
satisfy. Discussions about food will not alleviate the pain of an empty
stomach. The color and shape of the tablecloth no longer matters.
Suddenly you know what is important!

The blessing which Jesus declares is for those who hunger and thirst.
Within the process, we are blessed. The blessing does not wait until
the goal is achieved or the mission accomplished. The desire for
righteousness makes you blessed. The one who longs for it with all
their heart and soul will be filled to overflowing.

Righteousness is sometimes defined as, a right standing with God.
What is that image, what does "a right standing with God" look like?

RIGHT           The word right implies correct, possibly corrected.
                      Right for you and in God's eyes.
                      The most-used portals to God are prayer,
                            praise or confession.

STANDING    After the longing, after the hunger and the thirst--
                            maybe it was a desperate search,
                            perhaps a daily chasing after God.
                      You rise, or were you lifted up, to stand with God.
                      You stand right there with God.

WITH             With is with, not before, behind, or at a distance. 
                      It's a "right standing" so there's no atmosphere of
                            condemnation, fear, shame or guilt. 
                      You stand with God your creator and know you are
                            welcomed, accepted and loved.

GOD             As you stand in God's presence your slate is wiped clean,
                            your thoughts are purified,
                            your life is made new in Jesus' name.
                      Re-created once more in God's image and likeness.

Now the cynic will say, "Yeah, how long will that last?" And it's all up
to you. The hunger and the thirst is not meant to be a once in a lifetime
occurrence. We don't eat and drink once a year or one time every
decade. We eat and drink every day, many times throughout each day.
Blessed are you who hunger and thirst for righteousness, as often as
you hunger and thirst for food and drink! Happy are you who long to
stand with God every day. Next time you eat a meal or sip some water,
let those very ordinary and daily needs remind you of this beatitude.
With one quick thought you can have a "right standing with God"

There's a chorus based on Psalms 42:1 that goes something like this:
    As the deer pants for the water so my soul longs after You, O God;
    You alone are my heart's desire, and I long to worship You.
    You alone are my strength, my shield, to You alone may my spirit yield;
    You alone are my heart's desire, and I long to worship You.

As desert wanderers, we come.

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