“Then the young lions roar for their food, but they are dependent on God….. Every one of these depends on you to give them their food as they need it. When you supply it, they gather it. You open your hand to feed them, and they are satisfied.” (Psalm 104:21, 27-28)
“Those who are wise will take all this to heart; they will see the faithful love of the Lord.” (Psalm 107:43)
Are we so quick to forget our dependence on God? Two wonderful images are seen between these Psalms. Where no matter who you are, where you are or what is going on in your life, we are completely at God’s mercy. We have no life apart from God.
When I think of a lion, I see absolute strength. They are powerful animals, built to kill prey with ease. Ever hear people describe animals as perfectly adapted to survive where they live? Well, it is true. Look around you, even the smallest creature knows how to survive and has the tools to do it. We have everything we need to thrive, each has his/her own gifts and talents. Still, after all that, we are dependent on God’s provision.
The sad thing about today is that often what we view as our ‘needs’, are merely our wants. Our greed for more is so consuming, that we are never satisfied. God knows what we need, He brings satisfaction, not the things of the world.
The first image we see is from all the creatures that surround us. “When you supply it, they gather it.” For those that know Christ, you know the hand that feeds you brings rest and satisfaction. Let God continue to be your provider, trust Him in all things. My pray is that, if you don’t know the hand that feeds you, let God supply your every need. Know that, every one of us depends on Him to provide as we need it.
If that image is not enough, let us turn to the lives of men. Ever wonder why the bible continues to mention the lives of men repeatedly? Everything points towards God’s glory, to the source of life that men need to live. As scripture says, ‘It’s God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do.’
Listen to the testimony of those who know God. You will see that they are always dependent on God for His provision. Let us learn from them, for they are ‘like a light shining in a dark place.’ King David knew this, and he wrote these words to draw us to the same place. Let us be ‘wise and take all this to heart and we will see the faithful love of the Lord.’
Oh, that we would see the faithful love of the Lord! When we are in need you will supply, we will gather it and be satisfied. May we not be greedy for the things of this life. May we trust in your provision, knowing that we will never be lacking. You Lord are the source of all life!