Psalm 34:10 “The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.”
[Here is the earlier truth repeated (“Fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing”), this time with an example.
Even powerful wild lions can grow weak when they don’t find food. In comparison, those who look to God–even those who are weak–who actively seek Him, who intentionally follow Him, will not lack any good thing. This includes provision of needs for life (physical, emotional, relational) as well as the privilege of experiencing difficulties to make us grow and deepen spiritually, equipping us and providing us opportunity to give God glory.
Help me to live this way, Lord, to seek you, to think, obey and live Truth, keeping on the armor of God, embracing all that is right and good, taking up my cross daily, praising you in and for all, and following you with all my heart. I praise you ahead of time for how you are going to help me in seeking and fearing you throughout today.
Psalm 34:11 “Come, my children, listen to me;”
[This is God calling us to be teachable like children. They recognize their limited abilities, their dependence on their elders, and are open to input. Little children are eager to learn and accepting of guidance. So should we, always ready to hear from God rather than proudly relying on our own thoughts and ideas.]
“I will teach you the fear of the LORD.”
[What a wonderful offer from God. Knowing the fear of the Lord is not something naturally known, something we can figure out for ourselves. We need God’s revelation and input to understand what the fear of the Lord is, and how to live in it. Are we listening?]
I praise you, Lord Jesus, for how you will provide all I need–in your faithfulness protecting, guiding and sustaining me through whatever you allow.
I praise you now for your goodness yet to be displayed as we walk through the valley of the shadow of death. Glory be to your name as you help me learn to walk in the fear and awe of you, actively seeking you and your will in each instance. Amen.