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The Young Lions Do Lack and Suffer Hunger

May 10, 2014

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The Young Lions  Do Lack  and Suffer Hunger

Lions  are often called  the king  of the beasts  because of their ability  as hunters,  their strength,  and fearsome power in attacking.     We tend  to think  of their powers only  —  and forget  about any weaknesses  they experience.

But,  when King David  loved  and praised the LORD  for all  of His goodness  and faithful care,  he wrote  in Psalm 34:9-10,

O fear  the LORD,  you His saints;
For  to those  who fear Him,  there is no want.
The young lions  do lack  and suffer hunger;
But they  who seek the LORD  shall not be  in want  of any good thing.

David dealt  with lions  when he tended  his father’s flocks  of sheep.     He realized  that lions  often go hungry.     They often have  long waits  between meals.     Although David mentions  “young lions”  here,  he is making  a poetic reference  to strong,  young,  and seemingly successful  people,  who take great pride  in their abilities.     It often seems like  strong,  young people are successful  —  and never have problems.

But,  the truth is  that those  who trust  in their own power  and strength  will be put down.     And,  even when it seems  that they are successful,  they often experience a  “lack  and suffer hunger”.     Their  “lack”  and  “hunger”  is for the needs  of their souls.     Because  the love of God our Savior  is lacking  in their lives,  they always carry  a burden  of needs,  fruitlessness,  longing,  and an aching,  unidentifiable emptiness  that is never filled.

In sharp contrast,  “they  who seek the LORD  shall not be  in want  of any good thing.”     God fills  His faithful children  with the satisfactions  of having Him near.     Our Savior  gives us  the contentment  of being filled  with His presence  in every challenge  and trial.     God’s children  are filled  with the surety  that He will lead them  through every trouble  and finally take them  to their heavenly home.     With this reality,  the apostle Paul  was able to say  in Philippians 4:11,

I have learned  to be content  in whatever circumstances  I am.

When our inner need  for our Savior’s love  is met,  we can be content  in every circumstance.     We know  that God will supply  our needs  in a way  that will strengthen us  in faith,  hope,  and love  —  and for which  we will wonderingly glorify God  as we rest  in His amazing love.

As we are satisfied  with God’s nearness,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  there is nothing better  than always having You near  in every need.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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