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139. Fear of Lack

Posted by John Smith on July 19, 2013

Psalms 34:4 NKJV  I sought the LORD, and He heard me, And (He) delivered me from all my fears.

Psalms 34:9-10 NKJV  Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him.  (10)  The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing.

Have you ever been afraid that you wouldn’t have enough food?  What about enough money?  I don’t know anybody who has never entertained those thoughts at one time or another.  It’s a very common fear. The simple fear that there just won’t be enough to supply ones needs or wants.  The fear of lack.

Today, we are going to get free from the fear of lack.  How?  By realizing He has already set us free.

I believe that one of the fears David had was the fear of lack.  Fleeing from Saul, David neither had food nor any weapons to hunt or defend himself with (1Samuel 21:3-8).  He had no money, no tent, and he even had to beg the church for stale bread (1Sam 21:3-5).   Furthermore, he had nowhere to hide and didn’t know who he could trust.

I want to draw your attention again to our verses.  Verse 4 tells us there was an action that David took when the Lord delivered him from his fears.  David sought after the Lord.  When he did, the Lord heard him and delivered him from all his fears.  Now look at the 9th and 10th verse.  David writes in the 10th verse that, “those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.”  The action is the same in these two verses just in different tenses.  In order to have sought one must first seek.

The Hebrew word translated sought and seek in these two verses (dârash) not only means search or look, but also means follow and worship.  This makes sense with what David wrote in verse 9 about there being no want or lack to those who fear (reverence) the Lord.  You see, when David sought after the Lord reverencing and worshiping Him, not only did the Lord hear him and deliver him from the fear and anxiety he was facing, but He also delivered him from the circumstances that were responsible for the fear.

David had been afraid of being alone with no one to confide in; God surround him with hundreds of men he could trust.  David feared because of his lack and the Lord supplied him with every good thing.  Our deliverance from fear is more than just a removal or desensitization to an emotion.  Our freedom from all fears includes the deliverance from the cause of the fear.  David didn’t just feel better.  It was more than no longer experiencing fear.  The Lord addressed the situations that caused David to enter into fear.  David realized then that he never had to fear because God was for Him, with Him and God is faithful.

You don’t have to fear lack.  Instead of worrying about your next meal or fearing there won’t be enough to pay the electric bill, seek the Lord.  Worship Him.  Praise Him.  Reverence Him.  Your loving Father who gave you His own Son will freely give you all things (Romans 8:32).  Do not fear lack.  He hears you and you do not lack any good thing.  Fear Not!

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