Psalm 34:10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.
I appreciate the contrast here between the young lions and those who seek and follow the LORD.
Why young lions? I understand old lions lacking and suffering hunger. In documentaries, I have seen lions in their decline. I have always felt bad for an old lion that no longer has the tools that once served him so well. Broken teeth, loss of sight, bad scars or wounds, general old age, beaten up as they get pushed out of the pride.
But young lions, cubs right up through prime of life, lacking and suffering hunger? They have everything going for them; energy, strength, fitness, and they are part of a “pride,” a team that rules the open plains. Even they can go hungry? Yes, sometimes they do even if they are the top of the food chain. Famine and drought come now and again. Then the young lions lack and suffer hunger.
There are many people in prime of life right now who may have felt like lions, who are suffering and lacking. Job losses, isolation, separation from their beloved pursuits. If one’s trust is not completely in the LORD, all the things that one has come to rely on, the strengths of the young lions, can be turned on their heads and taken away.
Any one event in life can strip all of that away; add to the list, financial troubles, sickness, injury, heartbreak.
In contrast, those who are not quite as exciting as the “young lions,” God’s sheep, who just live in the “quiet, boring pastures,” have no lack for any good thing.
Sure, the servants of the Lord can have trouble too, but they have a Shepherd. They have Jesus’ protection, His provision, His presence, peace, joy, and fellowship with their fellow sheep. Even in the midst of trouble, the little harmless sheep in the flock with the Shepherd, no matter their age, are in better situation than the young lions. And those “quiet, boring pastures” are actually peaceful, fresh and full of God’s wonders.
The life described in this Scripture is better than the life of a young lion:
Proverbs 15:16 Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.