Psalms 84:12 O Lord of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!
The second promise is this: Those who trust in the Lord are happy.
This promise is a far cry from saying that God wants you healthy, wealthy, and prosperous. I am far from a prosperity gospel kind of man. Nonetheless, the promise is that God will make those who trust in him happy.
Happiness is not dependent upon our health, our position, our wealth, our situation, or any other thing the world might deem makes you happy. God is a God who is happy. He is the source of all true joy, and rejoices to fill those who trust upon him with a measure suitable for their need. This is why the Christian wife can still find joy at the funeral of her husband, the paraplegic at the loss of bodily movement; or in my case, the husband and father who has to say goodbye to his stillborn daughter with trisomy 13. Happiness is not dependent upon our situations or our abilities, but on God, the source and fountain of joy.
Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord! This is our promise from God. Trust proceeds joy, and not the other way around.
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?