I don’t know about you, but I really needed to read this verse from Psalm 34 today. With all due respect to the “young lions” referenced in this passage, I am grateful that God’s promise to take care of me is so very comprehensive. 🙂
However, this promise comes with a condition — I must be seeking the Lord, rather than insisting on my own way. Often, I can end up in a spiritual tug-of-war with the Holy Spirit when I insist on managing my own life.
Another point that comes to mind with this verse is precisely what it doesn’t say: The promise alluded here does not guarantee that those who seek the Lord will have everything – only that those who seek Him “shall not be in want of any good thing.”
And for reasons I will never fully understand on this side of eternity, there are good-looking things that the Lord withholds from us — even if we are seeking Him with our whole heart. On the flipside, the Lord often allows painful things enter our lives — heartaches that we would never voluntarily choose for ourselves otherwise.
So what is my prayer for today, you may be wondering? Well, it’s a simple one, but it doesn’t mean that it’s easy. It goes something like this:
Help me to not grow weary as I seek You each day, and to also keep my eyes open and ears attentive to whatever “good thing” You choose to bring into my life — especially when I do not understand what is going on (or even agree with Your call on the matter). In such circumstances, help me to lay down my own biases and simply follow (seek) You, fully trusting You and Your plan, rather than my own intellect and misleading perceptions that when I do that, I can stand on Your promise that I “shall not be in want of any good thing” that You have already prepared for me in advance. Remind me to seek You fully with a sincere heart and a tender mind that trusts You unequivocably in all things.
In Your name I pray, amen.