Let the LORD’s people show him reverence, for those who honor him will have all they need. Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the LORD will never lack any good thing. - Psalm 34:9-10
David had seen lions during his days as a shepherd protecting his sheep. He knew their strength; he knew their ferocious protection of their cubs; he also knew that even strong young lions went hungry at times. So he compared God to “an indestructible lion,” and as his “cub,” David would never go hungry—never lack any good thing—while God was looking after him!
Life is unpredictable, isn’t it? Nobody’s job is secure anymore. Even presidents of large corporations cannot be certain they will be retained.
David knew what it was like to be a king one day and a fugitive the next! He had lost a job as shepherd, a job at Saul’s palace, and his position as captain in Israel’s army. Yes, David knew what it was to feel very insecure about the future, even to the point of wondering if he would starve to death! “The righteous face many troubles, but the LORD rescues them from each and every one” (Psalm 34:19).
He who taught us to pray, “Give us our food for today” (Matthew 6:11), keeps a full larder for his hungry children. Of course, he expects those of us with laden baskets to share with those with empty stomachs. God used the priest Ahimelech to feed David. He doesn’t send bread from heaven any more than he sends pennies. He wants us to be part of the answer to others’ needs.
For Further Study: Psalm 34:1-22
Excerpted from The One Year Devotions for Men, Copyright ©2000 by Stuart Briscoe. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.
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