Day 2: May 5, 2017: Seek the Lord Continually
Psalm 105:1-4: Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! 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!
By reflecting on the mighty works God did for Israel, Psalm 105 encourages us to give thanks to God, sing praise to God, and continually seek God. Sometimes we can become discouraged or distracted in our walk with the Lord. Sometimes we allow other things to become more important to us than seeking Him. By reminding us of God’s faithfulness, power, provision, and grace, Psalm 105 calls us to return to putting God first in our lives.
God promised Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that their descendants would inherit the land of Canaan (v. 7-11). When the family of Abraham was still a small band of wanderers in Canaan, God protected them (v. 12-15). When God brought famine on the land, He sent Joseph ahead of his family into Egypt and then raised him up to become ruler of Egypt next to Pharaoh (v. 16-22). Then Jacob and his sons and their families came to Egypt, and over the course of hundreds of years God fulfilled his promise to multiply the Israelites into a great nation (v. 23-25; Gen. 15:5; Ex. 1:7). As Israel grew the Egyptians oppressed and afflicted them, and so eventually God sent Moses and Aaron and through them he brought his mighty signs of judgment upon Egypt (v. 26-36). After the plagues God brought Israel out of Egypt (v. 37-38) and miraculously provided for their needs as they traveled in the wilderness (v. 39-42). Eventually, God fulfilled his promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob by bringing Israel into Canaan so that they could obediently serve him as his people (v. 43-45).
The history of God’s works on Israel’s behalf teaches us to seek the Lord continually because he is 1) faithful: he is the God who fulfills his promises and keeps his word; 2) powerful: he is the God who works miracles to judge and deliver; 3) the Provider: he is the God who provided for Israel’s well-being throughout their entire history; and 4) gracious: he is the God who blesses his people not because they deserve it, but because that is the nature of his love (Dt. 7:6-11).
To seek the Lord and his presence continually is to walk with Him in a daily relationship of fellowship and obedience. It involves daily setting aside time for prayer and meditation on Scripture. At a broader level, however, we constantly seek the Lord by keeping our hearts and minds fixed on Him throughout the day. Only in this way can we commune with Him continually.
Take a few moments to thank God for His mighty works for and faithfulness to His people. Commit yourself to seeking the Lord continually. This prayer can help you get started: “Lord, I praise you for all that you did for Israel. Truly you are faithful and powerful. Truly you provide for your people. Truly you are full of grace. Lord, I want to walk with you and seek you each day. Help me, Holy Spirit, to seek the Lord and his presence continually. In the name of Jesus, Amen.”