I love Psalm 84:2:
“My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.”
What I find interesting is how three parts of us are included in this verse.
Do I long for God with my soul? I can’t tell you how much I want to know God more and learn more of His Word.
I love the Lord with my whole heart. He has done so much for me. How can I not love Him?
My flesh. This is my biggest problem. God doesn’t provide the immediate gratification that my favorite comfort food does.
And immediate gratification is slavery. Slavery to what I want and the fact that I want it right now.
Jay Younts of Shepherd Press calls it the tyranny of the immediate. He uses the example of a child whining to get what they want. Are they going to die if they don’t have it right this second? No. But, because they are slaves to their fleshly appetites, they have fallen for the lie that they will die right now if they don’t get it.
I am no different. I feel hunger pangs for a few minutes and right away I’m digging in the cupboard looking for something to give me that “ahhh, that was good” feeling. And when the moment has passed, I sit in defeat and shame, because I know I fell yet again for the nastiest lie of all: I can have it right now and not reap the consequences.
It is a tyranny. The flesh is extremely powerful and when it is not brought under the control of the Holy Spirit, it will dominate the Christian’s life.
The only way to have victory is to walk in the Spirit every day and listen to His voice. This is how He empowers us to make the right decisions. He is our strength.
I love the verse we’ve been looking at with the Made to Crave study! My flesh also needs to cry out for the living God, not just my heart and soul. With all of me looking to God, He will give me the strength to overcome any thing or any person that has a grip on me.