PROMISE: Those Who Fear The Lord Will Have No Lack

Psalms 34:9 Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack!

I have recently written down in my notes a couple dozen verses specifically intended to be promises to believers. Over the next month or so, I will be posting these verses here and assigning them another category to the right.

The first promise is this: Those who fear the Lord will have no lack!

In my Bible next to Proverbs 1:7 I have written that the beginning of my wisdom was in 2003 when I became a Christian. It was the first time I ever had true fear of God, and therefore was my beginnings of wisdom. The promise here tells me that if I fear God, I will never have a lack.

I can honestly say that this has been true for me. There have been times when I wanted something but couldn’t afford it. I may have thought in the moment that it was a lack, but in actuality it was God’s grace towards me to produce better things like patience and contentment in my heart. Hence, my supposed lack was actually gain, though I did not see it in the moment. The Apostle Paul learned the secret of being content in any and every circumstance. It was through Christ who strengthened him (Philippians 4:10-13). We are promised in Psalm 34:9 that if we have learned the same secret Paul did, we will have no lack.

Our God is a God who is abundantly generous. He holds the world in the palm of his hand and can therefore make good on such a promise as this. I would have no such resources to look across an orphanage of children and tell them that if they feared me, they would have no lack. I am first of all not worthy of Godly fear, and secondly have no ability to make good on that promise. I would be a foolish liar.

God however not only owns the cattle on a thousand hills, but owns every hill on which a cow might stand. The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. You, me, and all creation are owned of the Lord. We are his possession. He promises to you that if you fear him, you will never have lack. You are also owned by him, and so may at some point be used as the instrument to provide for the needs of the one who lacks. How might you pray towards that end today?

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