In the one hundred and forty-third Psalm, David makes use of the following simile: "My soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land." The aptness of the figure is appreciated by all who have lived in a desert country, and even to those in other parts of the world who have experienced long-continued periods of drought. In both cases the earth almost seems to cry out for rain and for relief from the heat of the sun. And, similarly, the hearts of human beings long for the spiritual refreshment which comes from knowledge of God.

The desire to know God, infinite good, divine Love, is shared by many who have not yet defined to themselves the nature of their longing. They may believe that their need is for matter or for some material pleasure or comfort, but at the bottom of their unsatisfied desire, though they may not yet realize it, is the reaching out in thought for something higher than themselves.

When one has reached the point in his human experience where he is convinced that material things and human achievements do not truly and permanently satisfy, he is ready for the blessing promised by Christ Jesus in that part of his Sermon on the Mount known as the Beatitudes, where he said, "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled."

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