Lacking Nothing 

Psalm 34:10
“The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.”

One of the great benefits of being a Christian is the promise that God will provide for the needs of His people. This same truth is repeated throughout scripture in a variety of ways. Abraham heard God say He would be his shield and his reward, the Levites were promised that God would be their inheritance, the widow was told her oil would be multiplied, and Jesus promised to care for us as He does for the lilies and the sparrows. It is not difficult to find promises declaring that God will meet our needs, but at times, it is very difficult to trust them.

I recently spoke to a young lady who was praying for the Lord to provide her with a particular job. She had been on the mission field for several months and was hoping to be able to continue. She thought to approach someone and tell them of her desire to remain, when she felt as though he Lord told her no. She began to discuss it with God, questioning how anyone would know of her desire if she did not tell them. Again, she felt as though the Lord told her to simply pray. Several weeks later, she was approached by the leadership who asked her if she would stay on and perform the exact job for which she had been praying. By waiting on the Lord, she was able to learn that, “Those who seek the Lord shall lack no good thing.” 

We have all heard the phrase, “It does not hurt to ask.” This is often used as a motivator to encourage us to seek assistance form someone else. In some cases, a person may even misquote the Bible and declare, “you have not, because you ask not.” I think it is important to remember that James is exhorting us to pray, not to ask others for help. Also, we need to realize, there are many times when it does hurt to ask. Sometimes it can hurt a relationship, because we are pressuring others. At other times, it can hurt us personally, because we never get to experience the miraculous ways God will provide for us when things look hopeless.

There are certainly times when we need the help of others, but we should not look to others at the expense of being able to learn, “Those who seek the Lord shall lack no good thing.”

Pastor Jim

Questions for Psalm 34

David is facing very difficult circumstances. He has fled from Saul because his life was threatened, only to find himself facing the Philistines.

  1. In his hardship he invites us to join him in worship. Take some time now to worship Jesus.
  2. Write out verse 7 and meditate upon in today.
  3. According to verse 11-14, what is the secret to the blessed life?
  4. How does verse 19 encourage you?

 

Thirsty

Psalm 42:1-2
As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.”

This Psalm begins with the Psalmist describing his hunger for more of God. In a beautifully poetic fashion, he compares his desire for God to a deer panting for water. Thirst is one of our most basic drives, second only to the body’s need for oxygen. He is not only stating that he desires more of God in his life, but that he cannot live without Him. Psychologists have made lists of basic human needs for mental and emotional health. These lists often include things like companionship, communication, a good diet, human touch, self acceptance and proper rest. Unfortunately, they often neglect man’s greatest need; our need for God. Paul wrote:

Colossians 2:10 “You are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.”

Man is made complete only when in a right relationship with God, through Christ. Someone aptly described man as created with a God shaped void. This void creates a longing within us to know God. Tragically, many failing to realize they need a personal relationship with God, attempt to fill this void with other things. It is common to see people trying to find satisfaction in relationship, experience, or even substance abuse, when the real solution will only be found in receiving and surrendering all to Jesus.

Perhaps the reason for this longing in the Psalmist is unveiled when he declares:

“For I used to go with the multitude; I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.”

Notice he says, “I used to go.” Something has happened in his life that hindered his gathering with the people of God, and enjoying corporate fellowship with God. His longing for God may be due to his lack of fellowship with God. It seems that a relationship gone bad was the cause of his broken fellowship, and this broken fellowship created a thirst within him to get right with God. How about you? Are you hungering for God? Is there a longing for more of Him in your life? If so the answer is found in crying out to Him and regularly gathering with those who love Him in corporate worship. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of being around the people of God, if we want to grow in Christ.

There is a condition much worse than being distant from God, and longing to get things right. That is, the condition of thinking that you are fine, just like you are. If that describes you, understand you are treading on very thin ice. The day is coming for all of us when we will appear before Him.

Pastor Jim

Questions for Psalm 42

  1. How does the Psalmist describe his desire for God?
  2. How would you describe yours?
  3. Jesus said that the blessed life came from hungering and thirsting for God, how can you increase your appetite for the things of God?
  4. What does David do to encourage himself in verses 5 – 8?