Time to Seek the Lord By Teresa Fields (Fields of the Harvest)
Psalms 27:4 (NKJV) One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple.
There is no better time than now to seek the Lord. But many are preoccupied with going places, and doing things they like to do. Many Christians are busy serving God in their churches and working at their jobs. How can we have time to seek the Lord?
The real question should be, “How can we not take time to seek Him?”
King David prepared for many years to become the king of Israel before he actually sat on the throne. His priority was to seek the Lord and spend all his days in the Presence of a holy God. That is how he knew how to avoid being captured or killed by King Saul and his men, and had great victories in very battle. He sought the Lord and received insight and strategies which continued to help him as the new king. But, he didn’t stop there. We can see from this Psalm that David understood that his ability to be a godly man or a good king came from his close relationship with the Lord.
Look at how the Amplified Bible expands the last phrase “to inquire in His temple.” It says, “to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple.” David must have spent some quality time in the temple to meditate on the scriptures, consider what they said, and ask God for direction and wisdom. Imagine the success we could have in making decisions if we took the time to meditate, consider, and inquire of the Lord!
In Webster’s 1828 dictionary, to seek God is described this way: to ask for His favor, direction, and assistance. Another definition of seek is “to make search or inquiry; to endeavor to make discovery.” David prayed this when he was in the wilderness of Judah:
1 O GOD, You are my God, earnestly will I seek You; my inner self thirsts for You, my flesh longs and is faint for You, in a dry and weary land where no water is.
2 So I have looked upon You in the sanctuary to see Your power and Your glory.
So, when you need answers, you can ask God for His Wisdom. When you are in trouble, you can seek God and find scriptures that reassure you. Psalms 46:1 says, “GOD IS our Refuge and Strength, a very present and well-proved help in trouble.” If you need provision, seek God for His plan to provide for you. One good example is seeking the Lord when making a decision about taking a job which requires you to relocate to another place. Or in the case of deciding between two different schools, the Lord can give you direction when you spend time seeking Him. He knows where you need to be in order to do what He has created you to do.
This verse from Psalms 34:10 says it so well:
“The young lions lack food and suffer hunger, but they who seek (inquire of and require) the Lord, none of them shall lack any beneficial thing.”
The God Who made us has a plan and knows what we need, even before we ask Him. Take the time to seek, ask, and knock, and He will not fail to give you answers, help, and encouragement in His Presence and from His Word.