King of our hearts…
Psalm 27:8 (AMP): “When You said: “Seek My face [in prayer, require My presence as your greatest need],” my heart said to You: “Your face, O Lord, I will seek [on the authority of Your word]”.
Our scripture this week is brief, practical and simple. It’s one short sentence… but packed with so much truth and importance. It’s to the point, precise, affectionate and kind. Yet, also unapologetically focused. It’s an invitation to investigate the true condition of our hearts. There’s a REQUEST, upon which a RESPONSE is required. When God ASKS of us to require His presence as our greatest need, what is our first response? Do we, earnestly, truthfully and wholeheartedly answer: “Yes Lord, the only One we SEEK is You – the King of our hearts!”
So let us be determined this week to:
Evaluate our relationship with our Heavenly Father. God promises that He will be found by those who SEEK HIM wholeheartedly (Deuteronomy 4:29; Proverbs 8:17; Jeremiah 29:13; Matthew 7:7; Luke 11:9). Are we ready to answer God’s request to make being in His presence (praying, worshiping, being in His Word) the greatest priority in our lives? Do we look to Him for answers (1 John 5:14-15; James 4:3; Isaiah 65:24), for help in need (Psalm 40:17, 46:1, 115:11; Proverbs 3:5-6; Isaiah 41:10), and for instructions about daily living (Psalm 119:105)? Do we know His will and plans for our lives? It’s easy to talk the talk… but what is the true state and conviction of our hearts? Our hearts need to be fully engaged in this process. Our hearts need to be fully set on solitary communion and fellowship with our Lord. Our hearts need to be aligned to the heart of God – in all circumstances, in all conditions, and during all seasons of life.
Trust in God’s promises. The only source of Life and Truth is found in Jesus. Apart from Him our lives equate to nothing. It’s only when we found God, that we discover all other lacks are fulfilled. Our Heavenly Father promises that when we seek Him above all, we will experience the fullness of Life and His joys forever. SEEKING HIM first in everything, means that His Word will guide and direct our steps (Proverbs 3:5-6, 19:9; Psalm 32:8, 37:23; Proverbs 16:9; Isaiah 30:21, 48:17); He will help us in our time of need (Psalm 18, 46, 91); and be our fortress in difficulty (Psalm 18:2, 46:1-3, 62:6, 91:2; 2 Samuel 22:2). His promises reveal His heart to provide for our needs (Philippians 4:19; Matthew 6:31-32); to heal our sickness and disease (Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:4-5; 1 Peter 2:24; Matthew 8:17); to comfort us in our loneliness (John 14:16-18; Psalm 27:10, 46:1, 147:3; Matthew 28:20); and to bring hope and light to our darkness (John 1:5, 8:12, 12:35-37; 1 John 1:5-9). He has committed Himself to be kind and merciful when we are in the wrong (Nehemiah 9:31; Exodus 34:6; Numbers 14:18; Psalm 86:5, 86:15; Joel 2:13); to never leave or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6-8; Isaiah 41:10-13); and to love us unconditionally to the end of time (John 13:16; 1 Timothy 1:5; 1 Corinthians 13:4-13)!
This is why we can look to our amazing Saviour and confidently place our hope and trust in the One Who answers when we cry out to Him; Who has mercy on us; and Who will be found by us when we make SEEKING HIM the first and utmost priority of our lives!
Lord, when you say to us: “Seek my face,” we cry out: “Yes Lord, we are seeking You wholeheartedly”. We look to You as our Creator, our Father; the One to Whom all glory belongs. Help us to stay faithful in our intimate relationship and daily walk with You. You are the Lord of our lives and the King of our hearts!
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