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Wanting And No Lack

Weekly Devotionals

Wanting And No Lack

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!

Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints,

for those who fear him have no lack!

The young lions suffer want and hunger;

but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing

Psalm 34:8-10

Juxtaposed in this psalm are a lion and a type of person. On one hand we see a very powerful figure. In the ancient Near East, a young lion was often a symbol of power and self-resourcefulness. For the original readers, the very image of a young lion would bring to mind a prideful beast—a “king of the jungle.” Young lions were powerful beings able to provide for themselves with ease. They were seen as not lacking in anything.

On the other hand, the type of person promoted in this psalm, fears the Lord and seeks him. This type of person is very dependent on the Lord. However, the psalmist points out that the young lion (and those of us like him) suffer from want and hunger.

I often am like the young lion. For me working, providing for myself, having a good career is enjoyable. I take pride in it. I love being
self-sufficient but it never fully satisfies. At the end of the day, my belly is not full and I constantly want more. Those of us who seek fulfillment through worldly means would agree that those things never quite quench our thirst. But then what does?

The text states that those who fear and seek the Lord have no lack! If we want our want and hunger to end and to “lack no good thing”, we need to return and seek the one who is good. The LORD is good and from him all good things come.

In John 4, Jesus meets a woman who is like the young lion, a person who is always in want. He tells the woman that her thirst can only be quenched through the Lord. “She is offered the only water that will satisfy her, and us—the grace of the gospel.” (Gospel Transformation Bible) Jesus at the cross is where God makes sure we never will lack again.

We have all felt that thirst that cannot be quenched—that hole that cannot be filled. Yet, we try to fill that emptiness through worldly means. Only to realize that such fulfillment is fleeting and that the hole is still there.

But there is a way to truly quench that thirst and to lack no more. It is not through one single act. It requires a lifelong commitment. Only through seeking the Lord and taking refuge through him can we know true fulfillment.

So seek the Lord with all your heart and “lack no good thing.”