Hungry Like the Lion

“Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.”— Psalm 34:10 (NLT)
 
One of my favorite Disney films is The Lion King. Among the film’s stellar musical numbers is a song titled Hakuna Matata. It means “no worries for the rest of your days.” The scene right before the singing of this mantra deals with Simba’s hunger, to which Timon and Pumba suggest consuming various insects. I find this very interesting because you never imagine royalty going hungry. You don’t envision a future king struggling with starvation, to the point where he convinces himself that insects are “slimy, yet satisfying,” but that’s exactly what happens here.
 
In today’s verse, David tells us, “Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.” David uses this example because a young lion was considered the gold standard of power and self-resourcefulness. And here, the implication is that the strongest predator, the king of the animal kingdom, the most capable of providing for itself, may go hungry . . . but those who trust God (NLT) and earnestly seek Him (NKJV) never will.
 
To “seek God” is an interesting expression that gets tossed around a lot. In Scripture, it speaks of true devotion. It’s used to describe someone who wishes to know God deeply, intimately; who desires His communion and truly seeks after His will in their lives; who seeks His friendship and heart, who trusts in and relies on Him.
 
David makes sure to say that those who trust and seek the Lord “will lack no good thing” . . . or more accurately any real good. You see, God is able to supply every need at all times, but sometimes He withholds or delays something, and sometimes He takes something away (Job 1:21; Matthew 5:45; 2 Corinthians 12:1–10). Sometimes this may seem unfair from our perspective, but always remember . . . God is good! And if He does withhold anything, you can be confident that it’s not because God can’t supply your need, but because He has a purpose for it. And that purpose is for your earthly and heavenly good—the real good. It’s what we need most—what will most benefit us.
 
This is why Paul can say, “I have learned how to be content with whatever I have” (Philippians 4:11 NLT), because whatever he was going through, he was satisfied and content because God’s grace was sufficient for Him. It was all he needed, and it is all we need!
 
 
DIG: Read Matthew 7:7–12 and John 14:14. As you read these passages, keep in mind what it means to seek God and His will. How does that impact your view of “ask, seek, knock”?
 
DISCOVER: When you pray, how often do you seek His will for your life above all else, even if it means “lacking” something you consider a need?
 
DISPLAY: Today, as you pray, thank the Lord for supplying all the good things in your life, and genuinely seek His will for your life.

About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.