Daily Devotional – The Beatitudes by Thomas Watson Part XXXIV

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Image Depicting Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount

The Beatitudes

by Thomas Watson

An Exposition of Matthew 5:1-12 

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”
“Blessed are those who are persecuted, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

Spiritual Hunger!

Theme: a duty implied; a promise annexed.


Spiritual hunger shall be satisfied (Continued)

2. WHY God fills the hungry soul. The reasons are:

[1] God will fill the hungry soul out of his tender compassion. He knows that otherwise, ‘the spirit would fail before him and the soul which he has made’ (Isaiah 57:16). If the hungry man is not satisfied with food, he dies. God has more affections than to allow a hungry soul to be famished. When the multitude had nothing to eat, Christ was moved with compassion and he wrought a miracle for their supply (Matthew 15:32). Much more will he compassionate such as hunger and thirst after righteousness. When a poor sinner sees himself almost starved in his sins (as the prodigal among his husks) and begins to hunger after Christ, saying, ‘there is bread enough and to spare in my Father’s house’, God will then out of his infinite compassion, bring forth the fatted calf and refresh his soul with the delicacies and provisions of the gospel. Oh the melting of God’s affections to a hungry sinner! ‘My heart is torn within me, and my compassion overflows’ (Hosea 11:8) We cannot see a poor creature at the door ready to perish with hunger—but our affections begin to be stirred, and we afford him some relief. And will the Father of mercies let a poor soul that hungers after the blessings of the gospel go away without an alms of free grace? No! he will not; he cannot! Let the hungry sinner think thus, ‘Though I am full of needs—yet my God is full of affection!’

[2] God will fill the hungry that he may fulfill his Word. ‘Blessed are you who hunger now: for you shall be filled’ (Psalm 107:9; Jeremiah 31:14; Luke 6:21). ‘I will pour water upon him who is thirsty, I will pour my Spirit upon your seed . . .’ (Isaiah 44:3). Has the Lord spoken and shall it not come to pass? Promises are obligatory. If God has passed a promise—he cannot go back on his word. You who hunger after righteousness have God engaged for you. He has (to speak with reverence) pawned his truth for you. As ‘his compassions fail not’ (Lamentations 3:22), so ‘he will not allow his faithfulness to fail’ (Psalm 89:33). If the hungry soul should not be filled—the promise would not be fulfilled.

[3] God will fill the hungry soul because he himself has excited and stirred up this hunger. He plants holy desires in us, and will not he satisfy those desires which he himself has wrought in us? As in the case of prayer, when God prepares the heart to pray, he prepares his ear to hear (Psalm 10:17); so in the case of spiritual hunger, when God prepares the heart to hunger, he will prepare his hand to fill. It is not rational to imagine that God should deny to satisfy that hunger which he himself has caused. God does nothing in vain. Should the Lord inflame the desire after righteousness and not fill it, he might seem to do something in vain.

[4] God will fill the hungry because of those sweet relations he stands unto them—they are his children. We cannot deny our children when they are hungry. We will rather spare it from our own selves (Luke 11:13). When he who is born of God shall come and say, ‘Father, I hunger, give me Christ! Father, I thirst, refresh me with the living streams of your Spirit!’ can God deny him? Does God hear the raven when it cries, and will he not hear the righteous when they cry? When the earth opens its mouth and thirsts, God satisfies it (Psalm 65:9, 10). Does the Lord satisfy the thirsty earth with showers and will he not satisfy the thirsty soul with grace?

[5] God will satisfy the hungry because the hungry soul is most thankful for mercy. When the restless desire has been drawn out after God, and God fills it, how thankful is a Christian! The Lord loves to bestow his mercy where he may have most praise. We delight to give to those who are thankful. Musicians love to play where there is the best praise. God loves to bestow his mercies where he may hear of them again. The hungry soul sets the crown of praise upon the head of free grace! ‘Whoever offers praise glorifies me’ (Psalm 50:23).

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