Sunday, December 2, 2012

Seek the LORD

This has been on my heart this week.  For myself, that I would seek the Lord, and not waver in seeking Him just because recent enthusiasm may have dwindled some.  Not that my enthusiasm for what God is doing in myself, or the church body, has dwindled.  But sometimes the freshness wears off some.  It is then that seeking His face is ever more important.  Seeking God means talking to Him, and inquiring of Him.  (See four different Hebrew words for "seek" and their meanings here.)  I think it also means listening, because how can you inquire someone without listening for a response?

Oh, that we may seek Him continually, and would not let Him out of our sight!  It is when He is out of view that we start to worry about the things going on around us, and begin to sink into despair, such as Peter did when he took his eyes off Jesus while walking with Him on the water.  Let us be refreshed in our desire to seek His face!

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”
Jeremiah 29:11-14
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How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
    By living according to your word. 
I seek you with all my heart;
    do not let me stray from your commands. 
I have hidden your word in my heart
    that I might not sin against you.
Psalm 119:9-11
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But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.
Deuteronomy 4:29
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Glory in his holy name;
    let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
1 Chronicles 16:10
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One thing I ask from the Lord,
    this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
    and to seek him in his temple.
Psalm 27:4
New International Version (NIV)
The lions may grow weak and hungry,
    but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
Psalm 34:10
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But may all who seek you
    rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who long for your saving help always say,
    “The Lord is great!”
Psalm 40:16
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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 105:2-4
New International Version (NIV)

The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
    to the one who seeks him;
Lamentations 3:25
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 All italics/bolding mine for emphasis.

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