“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6). What is righteousness? It is the condition which is acceptable to God. To hunger for it is to crave it. We eagerly and diligently seek it. To thirst for it is to painfully feel our want or lacking of it. We eagerly long for it. These are deep cravings which Jesus promises will be satisfied.
Righteousness here means living in a way that is pleasing to God and this is reflected in the way we think, feel, speak and act. We hunger and thirst to live godly lives, correct our way of thinking and treating others as we were instructed by Christ to treat them. Righteousness is doing what is right or just or normal (Strong’s Concordance).
Righteousness is one of God’s attributes and when we hunger and thirst for it, it shows that we are eager to be just like Him. In Isaiah 51:1 we see that there were people who followed after righteousness and sought the Lord. Righteousness is something that we must want. It is something we must actively pursue. It is not something that comes to us, it is something we seek. And it is something which God will fill us with.
King David was one who hungered and thirsted after righteousness. Solomon testified of this in his prayer to God, “You have shown great mercy to Your servant David my father, because he walked before You in truth, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with You; You have continued this great kindness for him, and You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as [it is] this day” (1 Kings 3:6).
David did not want to be like the “men of the world” who had their portion in this life. They were happy with what they had and were not seeking God who blessed them with these very possessions they hold on to so dearly and what else He could offer them. They fill their bellies with God’s treasures. They are satisfied that they have children to whom they could leave these treasures to.
David would rather not settle for only what this world could offer. He strove for something far better and more satisfying and lasting–righteousness. He declared, “As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness” (Psalm 17:15).