July 15, 2019 by maryruwe
What makes you happy? What makes you smile? What gives you that fuzzy-warm feeling? I’m sure there are plenty of things you could name just as I can. Maybe it’s a certain food item, or eating at a favorite restaurant, or having a fun time with family or friends. Maybe it’s a hike in the woods or a scenic drive; enjoying the beauty of God’s Creation. Perhaps it’s a hobby that you enjoy. Whatever it is, I’m sure you make time for it as often as you can and even schedule other activities accordingly to make sure you have time for your “favorite”. We all do.
The other day I was reading Psalm chapter 105. The chapter begins with giving praise to the Lord. Verse two talks about singing to him and telling of all his wonderful acts. But the one sentence in verse three is what really spoke to me; “Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!” How happy does it make you to take time to seek the Lord? Is this time a priority in your busy schedule, or do you just “fit” Him into that schedule?
The New American Standard says it this way, “Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad”. According to this, seeking God should make us happy. We should enjoy seeking Him. It got me thinking of how often our time with God is for special requests and forget to just be with Him; listening for His voice. No agenda, no heavy prayer requests. Just sitting with Him and listening to hear what He wants to say. In this society of noise and instant technology I think most of us might find that hard to do, at least part of the time. We might even think we are far too busy to take that much time. But the Word is clear in Hebrews 11:6, that God rewards those who diligently seek Him. I have found that God blesses me each time I spend time with Him. Even those times when I don’t feel very spiritual and think I’m not getting anything, it is the effort put forth, that decision of obedience to seek God that makes the difference in the day. Our spiritual food is received by faith not by our feelings. We are to enjoy our time with God and though feelings of joy are great, feelings cannot be trusted; we must rely on our faith in the Word.
Let’s be honest. There have been times when we have not been in the Word consistently. Could be for many reasons, a week of deadlines at work, or an illness we or a family member are dealing with. In the natural if we don’t sense that we are thirsty, we probably don’t drink enough water to do us much good; and we get dehydrated. The same is true spiritually. If we don’t sense that we are dry, that we lost our thirst for the Word it’s hard to take time to be with Him. But God’s Word does not return void; it accomplishes what He sends it to do. He is speaking to us during those dry times too. Never underestimate the refreshing the Word can give you.
Psalm 106:3 tells us that we are blessed who act justly, and who always do what is right. It is right to seek the Lord, even if we don’t feel like it. It’s not being a hypocrite; it is an act of obedience to put God first in our life. It is right because we do not depend on our feelings to receive from God but depend upon His faithfulness to His Word. We can trust Him to minister the help we need every time. Doing what is right is good discipline. When we seek the Lord and His strength continually, we are rewarded with His power to live for Him. Continually means more than just once or twice a week, but daily. We need time with Him daily. God is good, all the time. We should seek to be with Him, all the time.
Psalm 105:1-4 Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.
Psalm 106:3 Blessed are those who act justly, who always do what is right.
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Deuteronomy 4:29 But if from there (wherever you are) you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with your heart and with all your soul.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Colossians 3:1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.