05 August 2008

Psalm 34.10 – 7.4.08

The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing. (Psalms 34:10)

This, one of the many exceeding great and precious promises the Lord has given in His holy word. And what a blessed promise it is. Those that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.

Understand that the word "want" does not always mean "desire." In this case, the meaning is very clearly "lack." It is used this way throughout the Bible, perhaps most notably in the 23rd Psalm, The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

So the promise here is that I'll not lack any good thing because of my pursuit of God and His will for my life. Jesus made a similar statement in Matthew 6:33, But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

According to Mr. Webster's 1828 dictionary, to seek is to go in search or quest of; to look for; to search for by going from place to place; to inquire for; to ask for; to solicit; to endeavor to find or gain by any means.

So those who endeavor and pray and work and labor and search and inquire to find and accomplish God's will, God's pleasure, God's plan, God's commands will have:

1. All their temporal, earthly needs met (Matthew 6:33; Philippians 4:19).

Food, shelter, clothing, God will take care of it. Comfort in trouble, he'll send the Comforter. If you need a spouse, God will bring that person across your path in His time…IF the Lord is your "chief joy" and your primary pursuit.

2. No lack of any good thing.

Here is where many of us are or have been. We know the Bible is the word of God, and we believe it is true. We know the Bible says we would be blessed if we forsake all and follow Christ. But there are many who cannot make themselves believe that what they know they'll miss out on if they ABSOLUTELY SURRENDER to the will of God could ever be bettered by all the blessings the Lord provides.

We want to mix a little bit of the blessing that comes from doing right with a little bit of the pleasure that comes from doing what we want. But that makes God sick (Revelation 3:15-16). The Lord promises all those who COMPLETELY CONSECRATE their lives to Him that they'll not miss out on anything that's GOOD for doing so.

There's nothing can match the joy and peace the Lord provides. There's nothing can match the love He can put in your heart. There's nothing can match the satisfaction of pouring your life into another and seeing that person blessed. There's nothing can match the rewards and the eternal inheritance awaiting those who press toward the mark.

We have no reason to doubt God's word. He's not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19). He cannot lie (Titus 1:2). And He said they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing. So seek Him. Put Him first. And be blessed.

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