Seeking the Presence

By Russell Henderson
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February 14, 2024

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Psalm 63:1 (NIV)
O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

Why should we seek God? Do we have any kind promise or assurance for seeking the face of God? Letís look at Hebrews 11:6:

Ö anyone who comes to [God] must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Did you see that? God rewards those who earnestly seek him. This word for reward literally means to make remunerate, or to equally repay. In other words if we make an effort to earnestly (diligently, seriously) seek the face of God then we will be rewarded with the presence of God.

Now letís take a look at Matthew 6:33:

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

In order to understand this verse fully, we must look at those two little words at the end of the verse ďas wellĒ. What this is saying is that when you seek the kingdom of God, you will be given food, drink, shelter, clothing, etc. as well, or in addition to the thing you are seeking, His kingdom and presence.

Are you seeing this? When we seek the face of God, we have a promise that God will reward with His face. David knew this for fact. Letís look back at our opening scripture. The Holy Bible, New International Version

Psalm 63:
1 O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

David was in a desperate time in his life. He desperately needed the comfort and peace that can only come from the presence of God. Many believe that this Psalm was written while David was running and hiding from his son, Absolom, who was trying to kill him. David knew that the presence of God was the only thing that would keep him during this time. He goes on with verse 2:

2 I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.

The presence of the Lord was not something that was new to David. He had experienced it many times. He was in a constant habit of seeking and crying out for Godís presence.

Psalm 27:
4 One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek:that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.

No matter what situation you find yourself in. Whether things are good or bad, make a habit of seeking the face of God. And God has promised that when you seek him in faith, you will be rewarded with His presence.

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