Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice; seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continually. —Psalm 105:3-4
Read Psalm 105:3-4 and answer the following questions based on the text:
What are we instructed to do?
Seek is repeated three times in this passage and two different words are used:
The first and third occurrence is the word, baqash, meaning to seek, to desire, to require, to request, to seek to find or secure; to go to God especially with prayer.
The second occurrence the word is, darash, meaning to beat a path, to tread, to frequent a place; to resort to, to seek, to look, to investigate, to practice, study and follow, to seek with application.
What are we to seek?
What is the result?
His presence is always with us, but do we always practice the presence of the Lord? When we seek His presence we find joy and strength. We are not to tread this path of life in our own strength. We are to walk in the strength and power of the Lord’s presence.
What promises does God give to those who seek His presence? Look at a few cross-reference verses:
Psalm 9:10 — He will never forsake those who trust and seek Him.
Psalm 34:10 — Those who seek His presence will lack no good thing.
Matthew 6:24-33 — He will provide for all our needs.
Hebrews 11:6 — He will reward those who believe in Him and trust Him.
How do we seek and practice His presence? We are to seek Him in His Word and come before Him in prayer. We are to follow Him by obeying His Word. And we are to be diligent in this – beat a path, frequent this place, tread here.
You know, when we tread, we leave marks behind – tread marks. What are the tread marks in your life that others can see that leave evidence that you have been in the Lord’s presence?
Are you leaving an “impression” for others to see as evidence that His presence has been imprinted on your life?
Spend some time reflecting on the verses from today and on the fact that God is your joy. When you seek Him, you find not only the joy of His presence but strength for your day. Are you leaving an “impression” for others to see as evidence that His presence has been imprinted on your life?
It’s my prayer that through this series we will, “from the rising of the sun to its setting”, focus on and praise our amazing God! We’ll take the Word for the day and think about it, ponder it, pray it and practice it. We’ll allow it to really SOAK into our hearts and lives. And then we’ll SHINE — boast, rave, praise and celebrate God’s presence in our lives, reflecting Jesus to those around us.
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