Text: “O fear the Lord, ye His saints; for there is no want to them that fear Him.”
“The Lord is MY Shepherd; I shall not want (I.e. lack).”
Good morning, Divinely cared for Christian! By God’s Sovereign grace, you and the author have come to fear the Lord - to reverence His Holiness, His goodness; His love; His great Salvation in Christ Jesus; and His saving and keeping power.
Because we fear the Lord, we fear nothing else. If God the Father has loved you and I so much that He gave us His only begotten Son to suffer and die upon a cruel Cross, to forgive us our sins and to redeem us by the shedding of His Own precious Blood - how can He withhold any other good and lawful gift from us? Hallelujah! We shall never want! We have God’s own faithful promise in this matter. What a gracious Lord God!
“He (God the Father) that spared not His Own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)
Read again this great verse from the book of Romans; realise the depth of its Divine meaning for every soul that is ‘born again’ in Christ. Wow! What love!
Question: What is, was, and shall always be the first Treasure of Heaven?
Answer: The Lord Jesus Christ. He is, “..the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last…He that liveth, and was dead; and behold, (He is) alive for evermore. Amen…” (Revelation 1:11;17-18)
Divine Logic: If God the Father has already given sinners - just like you and me - His only begotten Son, the first Treasure of Heaven; ’shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?’ That is, all things legally necessary to meet our daily needs? Of course He will! Praise God for such Divine grace to the most undeserving sinners such as we!
“O fear the Lord, ye His saints; for there is no want to them that fear Him.” (Psalm 34:9)
“The Lord is MY Shepherd; I shall not want (I.e. lack any good thing).” (Psalm 23:1)
Those of us who ’fear the Lord’ - who view the Lord God at all times with complete reverence, and desire to be obedient to His will - study His Word to show ourselves approved of Him. Thus, being approved of Him, we continually seek to magnify and exalt His Holy, Sovereign and truly gracious Name. Therefore, as a consequence, we are recipients of His promise that we shall always have Him graciously provide for our every need. We who reverence and worship the Lord God will always be in His care. Hallelujah! Thanks be to God, amen!
“But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) Do we truly believe this promise? I hope so.
Verse 10. “But they that seek the Lord shall not want (lack) any good thing. There shall be no silver lacking in Benjamin’s sack while Joseph has it to throw in. Grace is not such a beggarly visitant as will not pay its own way. When the best of Beings (the Lord God) is adored, the best of blessings are enjoyed.” (William Secker 1660)
The confusion arises in the believer’s heart and mind, when at once he/she becomes confused as to what are his/her ‘needs’ and what are in fact merely ‘greeds’. God only promises to supply our needs, yet always gives in abundance.
“Take a survey of Heaven and earth and all things therein, and whatsoever upon sure ground appears good, ask it confidently of Christ; His love will not deny it. If it were good for you that there were no sin, no Devil, no affliction, no destruction, the love of Christ would instantly abolish these. Nay, if the possession of all the kingdoms of the world were absolutely good for any saint, the love of Christ would instantly crown him monarch of them.” (David Clarkson 1622-1686)
‘Poverty‘, in the Western Hemisphere at least, should be viewed realistically as ‘relative poverty’ - you have a TV that is bigger than my TV; you own your own house, while I merely rent mine; you have a large income, while I am on State Pension, etc. This is ‘relative poverty’, wanting something better than what one already possesses.
True ‘poverty’, in the physical sense, is mainly confined to Third World countries - where children are still starving to death, dying from basic disease through lack of proper medical facilitation and care; are mal-nourished, living in squalid conditions; with unsanitary washing and toilet facilities; and lacking proper food and clothing.
Christian countries, countries that have been exposed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Salvation in Him, and whose basic laws have been formulated in accordance to the Ten Commandments - have prospered consistently throughout history. This is an observable fact.
Scripture is thus proven to be truth - “O fear the Lord, ye His saints; for there is no want to them that fear Him…they that seek the Lord shall not want (lack) any good thing. ”
Thought: When Christians sincerely, and in reverent fear, pray, ‘Give us this day our daily bread…’, the Lord God Whom we revere, says ‘Thou shall not want.’