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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Seek God, See God

But from there you shall seek Yahweh your God, and you shall find him, when you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.
— Deuteronomy 4:29 WEB*

We know that our truly seeing God is reserved for the future (1 John 3:2; Revelation 22:4). Even so, we can still see much of God now.

Consider David, the shepherd boy whom God anointed king of Israel. While David had his failings, Samuel described David as a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14). Why? Could part of the answer lie in the fact that David both sought God and saw God in everything and everyone around him? The songs of David suggest that, when David wasn’t seeking God, he was seeing God.

David sought God as he fled from his son, Absalom (Psalm 3).

David sought God in his evening prayers (Psalm 4).

David sought God in his morning prayers (Psalm 5).

David sought God’s mercy (Psalm 6).

David saw God as he carefully considered the nighttime sky (Psalm 8).

David saw God as his deliverer and gave his thanks to God (Psalm 9).

David saw God as his refuge and defense (Psalm 11).

David sought God’s help against the treacherous (Psalm 12, Psalm 13).

David sought God to deliver him (Psalm 16).

David sought God to protect him (Psalm 17).

David saw God as his deliverer from his enemies and King Saul (Psalm 18).

David saw God as he meditated on the endless cycles of day and night (Psalm 19).

David sought God to give him victory over his enemies (Psalm 20).

David saw God as his deliverer (Psalm 21).

David sought God in his anguish, and yet saw God as his creator and ruler of all (Psalm 22).

David saw God as he cared for his father’s sheep (Psalm 23).

David saw God as the king of glory (Psalm 24).

David sought God for protection, for guidance and for pardon (Psalm 25).

David sought God’s protection and saw God as his vindicator (Psalm 26).

David saw God as he watched the powerful thunderstorms roll in from the Mediterranean Sea (Psalm 29).

David saw god as his deliverer and praised God for his escape from King Abimelech of the Philistines (Psalm 34).

David saw God as his judge and sought God’s mercy (Psalm 39).

David saw God as his sustainer (Psalm 40).

David sought God as David confessed his adultery with Bathsheba and David’s murder of her husband, Uriah the Hitite (Psalm 51).

David sought God as he and his troupes hid from King Saul and his army in the cave (Psalm 57).

David saw God as he spent his days and nights of exile in the wilderness of Judah (Psalm 63).

David saw God as he contemplated his very creation (Psalm 139).

As you seek God, are you seeing God in everything and everyone around you? I pray that you are!



* WEB – the World English Bible, a Public Domain, Modern English translation of the Holy Bible developed by Rainbow Missions, Inc. URL: http://ebible.org

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