Sometimes, He provides less than what we ask because He wants to give more than what we think.
That's what happened tonight, anyway. My new roommate and I plodded our way to the 5 pm service, weary of apartment hunting and feeling like the persistent widow at the Lord's door. "Please, Lord, provide!" We thought we were asking for His provision of an apartment today. We thought that was the only way His provision would happen.
And He did provide, but we're still without an apartment. Instead He gave us Himself. We sat and drank in the words of the sermon from Psalm 77 and then we broke bread and drank the wine of communion.
He provided Himself and we got filled up.
He provides always, because He is a Provider. It is not in His nature to do anything else. Today His provision was Himself - which is not technically an apartment - but is more than abundant to meet our needs.
This is the firm foundation I can sing upon when there is an earthquake underfoot.