Seek the Lord (Article)
Seek the Lord and his strength;
seek his presence continually! (1 Chronicles 16:11, ESV)
Do we, do I seek the Lord and his strength? We were talking this week as pastors about prayer. How often do I do things, try to fix things, and stress about stuff without prayer? So often, as a church leader, head of my household, a husband, a father, friend, and neighbor, I want to seek the Lord.
Not only do I want to seek him, but I also want his strength. He is my strength. All that I have comes from him. Apart from him, I can do no good thing (John 15:5). My health is from him. My station in life is from him. He has brought me forth in my family, in this time in history, with all the accompanying opportunities. Therefore, I owe all the benefits and blessings from him.
King David commissioned this song the priests brought the Ark into Jerusalem. The Ark symbolized God’s presence. Here they sang a song that encouraged intimacy with God. This was more than religion. It was a relationship. The second line echoes the first, “Seek his presence continually!” Do I? Do we?
I don’t seek the Lord continually. I should. Why? Because God is good. He is strong. He loves those who cling to him through the gospel, through faith in what Jesus has accomplished in his death and resurrection.
Where is God’s presence? In David’s day, it was tangibly in the temple. It was in the Ark of the Covenant. In our day, Jesus said wherever two or more are gathered together in his name, he is in their midst (Matthew 18:20). He also said we are to be one with him. So, as we have been teaching in the church, we can see God in the Body of Christ. Thus, am I seeking God’s presence in the Body of Christ? We, as leaders, can model, teach, and equip people to this end. That is my challenge and heart.
God help us seek you and your strength. God help us seek your presence continually.