Before you begin, take a few moments to quiet your mind and prepare your heart to receive God’s Word. Read the following passage at least twice, and then pray through the points below.
1 I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. 3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together! 4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. 5 Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. 6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them. 8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! 9 Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack! 10 The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. 11 Come, O children, listen to me;I will teach you the fear of the Lord. 12 What man is there who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good? 13 Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. 14 Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. 15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry. 16 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth. 17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. 18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. 19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. 20 He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken. 21 Affliction will slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned. 22 The Lord redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.
1 O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. 2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. 3 Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. 4 So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. 5 My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, 6 when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; 7 for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. 8 My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. 9 But those who seek to destroy my life shall go down into the depths of the earth; 10 they shall be given over to the power of the sword; they shall be a portion for jackals. 11 But the king shall rejoice in God; all who swear by him shall exult, for the mouths of liars will be stopped.
God calls us to taste and see that He is good (34:8). Those who seek Him lack no good thing (34:10). Take a few moments to consider how you feel right now. Are you hungry? Irritable? Uncomfortable? Ask God to teach you what it means to taste and see that He is good, that He sustains and satisfies better than food and drink.
"The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry" (34:15). Behold the wonder that, right now, you have the attention of the Lord, the God of everything in all creation. He is infinite and mighty, yet he is close and His ears are attentive to your prayers. Pray that we would not be satisfied until all nations worship Him. Ask that we would trust Him to show us each the role we are called to play in taking the gospel to unreached peoples.
David writes that his soul thirsts for God, his flesh faints for God, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water (63:1). David looked and beheld God's power and glory. Praise God for His provision for your physical body as you fast from food today. As we intentionally turn toward God in prayer and feel the weakness of our bodies deprived of food, we trust that He will strengthen us by the power of His Word. Ask Him to strengthen you now—physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually—and to remind you that every moment of your life is sustained by Him, that we do not live on bread alone but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of our Father (Deuteronomy 8:3).