Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart! Psalm 119:2
TAKING IT IN
If I told you today that you hold a key in your hand that unlocks a treasure chest full of priceless valuables, how quickly would you run to open the box to uncover the treasures inside?
This week we have one word that holds the key to unlocking a revived heart; the word is “SEEK”.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
I remember the time I had come across Hebrews 11:6 in my personal devotions and pondered this thought:
Does God have more for the woman who diligently seeks Him than He has for the woman who doesn’t?
My study of Scripture answered with a resounding YES! There is MORE for the woman who diligently seeks God than for the woman who doesn’t – and what is the woman who doesn’t seek God miss out on— MORE OF HIM!
And if we thought “more of God” was valuable we would certainly be diligent to seek Him, not half-heartedly but with our “whole” heart.
The word “seek” comes from the Hebrew word “darash” (daw-rash’)
It means to
It means to
- To resort to
- To seek with care
- To investigate
- To tread or to frequent a place
- To follow for pursuit or search
- To care for diligently
- To ask
To seek the Lord means to seek His presence. “Presence” is a common translation of the Hebrew word “face.” Literally, we are to seek His “face.” To be before His face is to be in His presence.
If we were to be honest there are many times in our lives when we become neglectful of the Lord; our busy lives can leave us literally without a thought of Him and we see Him through dim eyes, considered far less great, beautiful and valuable.
His face – the glory of His personal character and attributes are hidden behind the distractions and pursuits of our flesh and this world that compete for our attention. That is why Scripture is continually telling us to seek Him so that we can enjoy a continual awareness of His greatness and worth.
MAKING IT MEANINGFUL
How can we practically seek God? Scripture gives us the answer.
- 1 Chronicles 22:19
- Colossians 3:1-2
- 2 Thessalonians 3:5
What are you seeking after or pursuing that has taken you away from seeking God?
In what ways will you be “intentional” in choosing to focus your mind’s attention and heart’s affection on God?
WORKING IT INTO MY HEART
Read Psalm 10:4. What is the greatest obstacle to seeking the Lord?
Have you felt the presence of God lacking in your life? Remember there is MORE for the one who diligently seeks Him! He is there waiting! 1 Chronicles 28:9 and Hebrews 11:6 offer a great promise to those that seek the Lord with their whole heart? How does this promise encourage you today?