Seek The Lord
What is it to “seek the Lord”?
To “seek” means to go in search of.
We should always keep in mind that the Lord has a purpose for each of us.
Our legacy should read, “what God has accomplished through us” and not what we accomplished through God!
The entire Bible will lead us to focus on the Lord Jesus Christ!
Sin and troubles in our life take our focus off of the Lord and we will begin to focus on ourselves.
Salvation is our only means of denying ourselves and returning to God!
When God has us in His place of salvation, He can accomplish His purpose for our lives.
Even during this time we will still have troubles that will try to drive a wedge between us and the Lord.
We simply cannot wait until these troubles arise to “seek the Lord”, we must continuously be seeking Him.
God is not very far away from His children.
Act 17:27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, “though he be not far from every one of us”:
Act 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
If we have trusted the Lord for our salvation, surely we must trust Him for His counseling.
We can tear ourselves apart worrying about the things in our lives and have no profit or we can just give them to the Lord!
We cannot trust ourselves for the right answers.
We also cannot trust the world for the answers.
If our trust is in the Lord then we must trust in that trust!
Just because we are having a bad day does not mean the Lord has gotten weak, it just means we are having a bad day!
Confidence in the Lord is the best answer to all life’s problems!
It is believed David wrote this Psalm during the rebellion of his own son Absalom.
David won the battle that day but he also lost his son forever!
All of us who have family members that die not knowing the Lord will feel the remorse that David did this day and the only one to turn to is the Lord!
Prayer is acknowledging our dependence on the Lord and the willingness to accept and do whatever He answers.
We must remember there is only one line into the throne room of God and that line is Jesus Christ and only those things that are asked for in His name are heard and answered!
1Jn 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
1Jn 5:15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
The most reliable defense we can have in this world will come by Jesus Christ.
So if we look at all our troubles “from Heaven’s point of view” and not through our own eyes we will receive comfort knowing the Lord is concerned about us.
Psa 27:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Here again we see that David had a close personal relationship with God. (My light, My salvation)
The Lord Jesus saved us while we were in darkness. Darkness is the place of distress, trouble, and sorrow but light is the exact opposite.
There is happiness in the darkness only for a season but joy comes from the Sun of Righteousness!
When there is not enough light to see our own darkness and we remain in darkness to long, then there is no evidence of salvation.
Salvation found us in the dark but salvation will not leave us there!
David wrote in a familiar Psalm these words:
Psa 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
If we do not truly believe this then we will never be able to get God to answer our prayers!
The Lord does not just light up our path, He is that Light!
The Lord does not just offer salvation to those that believe, He is that salvation!
Every light is not of the Sun but the Son is the Father of all light!
Jas 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
God is light and in Him is no darkness at all!
1Jn 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
We know all these things if we belong to the Lord.
Both salvation from sin and light for our daily living are to be found in the Lord Jesus Christ, and only in Him.
In times of trouble, we must “Seek the Lord”!
The Lord had everything David needed and the Lord has everything we need today!
Isa 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
What were the first words written down for us in the Bible?
Gen 1:3 And God said, “Let there be light: and there was light”.
So why on Earth do we allow our fears to interfere with the joy of the Lord!
*****Psa 27:2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
First, this verse is not speaking about cannibalism by humans but as the actions of wild beasts.
This word cannibalism depicts the viciousness which God’s enemies will try to use to destroy God’s people and I think we can see this happening more often in our world today.
The enemies of the Church are becoming more vicious.
Remember God ‘s enemies are our enemies. Those that attack the Church, no matter their walk in this life, are our enemies!
Our enemies are called “the wicked” in this verse. God never intends for godly people to cause harm to godly people!
Even when our enemies cannot destroy us they still have victory when they can destroy our testimony!
If you are allowing your light to grow dim, you are allowing the enemy to have victory over you!
When our strength is in the Lord our enemies will stumble and fall!
What happened to the enemy when Jesus rose up from His prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane?
Joh 18:4 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye?
Joh 18:5 They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them.
Joh 18:6 As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, “they went backward, and fell to the ground”.
The enemies of God will always stumble and fall when they are before Him, our Lord gave Himself to His enemy to save us from having to do so!
*****Psa 27:3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
Though our enemies are great in number our confidence must remain in the Lord!
It is because the Lord is the “Light of our salvation” that we can be so confident!
Our confidence then comes by our faith!
We already know that without faith we cannot please God and it is that same faith in the Lord that we can use to defy all our enemies.
In Bible times, if the enemy could not directly defeat an enemy they would lay siege on the enemy and just wait them out.
This is exactly what Satan is trying to do to the Church today!
Satan has laid siege round about the Church and he has succeeded in many places of worship where the “Light of Jesus” has been extinguished.
It is only by allowing the Lord to be our strength that we can be confident against our enemy!
Php 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
What should we desire most if all?
*****Psa 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; 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 enquire in his temple.
The falsehood of evolution is on display in this verse.
Animals are satisfied and live in the contentment of this world because they can know no better but humans are never satisfied here in this world.
The world says live today because tomorrow you die.
Because those of the world see themselves as an accident that just happened they have no great desire!
Death truly is a reality for all mankind but the Bible says there is judgment after death.
Heb 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
The fact of reality is that the body might die, but the soul, the life principle of mankind, lives on!
Mat 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: “but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell”.
When we know these things then we should have that great desire to spend eternity with Our Creator!
At this time in the life of David, the Temple had not yet been built, the place of worship was still the Tabernacle.
David certainly was not desiring to spend everyday in the Tabernacle though we should all have a great desire to worship the Lord in our places set aside for worship.
David had that desire that we should all have.
Our desire to spend eternity with the Lord must be real!
Php 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, “and reaching forth unto those things which are before”,
Php 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Jesus said these words:
Joh 14:4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
We must have a desire to be with the Lord. We should show this in our prayers!
We must know the means and the way to get to the Lord. We show this in our faith!
We must know the beauty of the Lord. The Beauty of the Lord is in His “Grace”.
While we are still living in this body of flesh we must inquire of His Temple.
That word “inquire” means we must learn more and more about the Lord and His purpose for each of us!
2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
The Bible says we must avoid the ways of the world.
Pro 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
We must shy away from false science.
1Ti 6:20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:
1Ti 6:21 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen
To desire, to seek, and to inquire of the Lord, are the things that protect us in our times of troubles!
What did Mary the sister to Martha do?
Luk 10:39 And she had a sister called Mary, “which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word”.
What was Martha doing that was wrong?
Luk 10:41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
The answer is to sit at the feet of Jesus and hear His Word and not concentrate on our worldly troubles!
Luk 10:42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, “which shall not be taken away from her”.
There is nothing more important than sitting at the feet of Jesus and hearing His words!
*****Psa 27:5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
In the time of David a pavilion was a large, richly decorated tent. The Tabernacle of Moses could be considered a pavilion by this standard.
BUT, the image David wants us to see is an image of God’s protection because of His presence.
Psa 31:20 Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.
All those that who trust the Lord are safely housed in the Holy of Holies, where no sinful man can approach.
Heb 6:19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and “which entereth into that within the veil”;
Heb 6:20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
The world is a sea of iniquity. This is the place where the “Body of Christ” dwells at this time. Every believer is as a ship bound for the Heavenly port, with Christ Jesus as the pilot, and our hope as the anchor and that anchor of hope is firmly planted inside the veil of the Holy of Holies, the place where God dwells.
That rock is the Lord Jesus Christ!
1Co 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
How can we not praise Him?
*****Psa 27:6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.
Let’s wrap our minds around what David is saying here.
David was king, he lived in royalty but David is not praying for the comforts of his royal palace.
David is not praying for the great feasts in the banquet hall.
David is praying for the joy of worship, the opportunity to sing praises in the House of God!
Even in America we see the freedom to worship come under attack more and more.
We see cities and even counties that change the laws to stop a new church from being built.
We see a government that seeks ways to close the doors of the existing places of worship.
We see churches close for lack of worship because the pulpits have grown cold.
There could come a day when we are like David and we and our own children will have this longing to worship and sing praises in the House of the Lord, because we are no longer able.
We certainly must be diligently seeking our Lord.
*****Psa 27:7 Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
Psa 27:8 When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
In the last verse David was tuned to joy, music, and praises but now he is crying.
We live in a world where many who pray do not care if the Lord answers them. To be honest most do not have enough faith that God can help them through their troubles.
The answer to these prayers will never come, in fact it is sin to have doubt in the power of God!
Rom 14:23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: “for whatsoever is not of faith is sin”.
If we do not have faith in answered prayer we cannot even be saved!
Act 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
If we have this faith enough to be saved, then we can expect an answer to our prayers.
David so dearly wanted God to answer his prayer and He will in His time and we already know that David’s prayer was answered.
Verse 8 plainly states that if we expect to hear from the Lord and then we do, we are then also expected to be obedient to what He says!
Jesus said this:
Joh 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
David knew it was God who sat him on the throne of Israel. If that was still God’s will, then the prayer of David would surely be answered.
God expected David to rule Israel according to the Word of God, this was the will of God for David’s life.
This is what God expects of every ruler!
God has a purpose for each of us. When we seek the face of God “according to the fulfillment of that purpose” then we will certainly get an answer to that prayer and it will always be a positive response.
As soon as the Holy Ghost led David to prayer, He was sincere in seeking the will of God.
God will never hide from us the things He has promised!
*****Psa 27:9 Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
We can be sure that if the Lord commands us to seek Him, then He will not hide from us to make it impossible for us to meet Him in our prayer.
There is only one thing that increases the distance between us and our God.
Isa 59:1 Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
Isa 59:2 0 “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God”, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
David had been a witness to the time that King Saul had been set aside by the Lord.
David also knew he had not led a perfect life.
Truly we must always realize that we are unworthy of the mercy of God!
We should also realize that we would already be in Hell if not for the mercy of God!
If God saved us then He certainly has a plan for us and God will see that His plan moves forward and if we will be a part of God’s plan God will make sure this happens!
God uses human beings to get His will done on this Earth. God will never refuse the volunteer and God will never forsake His own children!
The Lord is truly the God of our salvation!
*****Psa 27:10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.
Even if our own families withdraw from us, the Lord will never forsake those that love Him!
Though our parents have protected us as long as they could, the Lord days are never ending.
There is no time while we are alive in this world that we are beyond the mercy of the Lord!
*****Psa 27:11 Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.
The most important thing we should realize as the children of God is that we do not need instruction in our own ways because our way will always lead to failure.
We need instruction in the ways of God that can never fail!
What is the remedy for success?
2Pe 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
2Pe 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
2Pe 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
2Pe 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
2Pe 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
2Pe 1:8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2Pe 1:9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
2Pe 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
You see, we not only need a map while we are on the path of righteousness, we also need a guide to assist us on our journey.
We have both in Jesus Christ!
Pro 15:19 The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.
The enemies of God will always try to hinder our walk with the Lord but we need to know the simplicity of Jesus Christ and remain in His ways!
*****Psa 27:12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.
We know from the Book of Job that Satan cannot just have his way with us. He needs God’s permission to do so!
Job 1:8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
Job 1:9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
Job 1:10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
BUT, Satan will always have his eyes on each child of God. He knows our weaknesses. He knows our secret sins.
But Satan has no power over us without the divine permission of God!
When we are tempted God will supply the “Grace” needed to overcome Satan.
2Co 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: “for my strength is made perfect in weakness”. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
When Satan cannot touch the individual saint of God, he will then use his followers to slander them.
Slander is that old fashioned weapon out of Satan’s arsenal.
No matter how well we walk by the Word of God there will always be some one who will find fault with us!
We can be sure that when Satan is attacking in this method it is because God will not allow him to make a personal attack on our being!
We can also be sure that all those that breath out cruelty will find themselves in Hell!
Those that persecute God’s people will find themselves under God’s persecution!
*****Psa 27:13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
Faintness of heart is a lack of faith!
BUT, Hope in the promises of God is the medicine for faintness of the heart.
2Co 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
2Co 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
2Co 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
When distress comes from the circumstances around us and we are about to fall to pieces, we need to remember we are “Born Again” and our new man within us is in a prosperous position.
Our souls are in good health. The more we cling to the Lord the more we will grow.
We must be patient. The Lord has not forgotten about us and He cannot!
*****Psa 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
We must wait in confident expectation!
Most every child of God is ready to go home to Heaven but not one of us want to see a member of our own family left behind.
This is exactly the way the Lord fills.
The Lord wants us all to be home with Him but He is patiently waiting until He knows that very last soul has been saved!
Jas 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
Jas 5:8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
It will take a certain amount of courage to be in the Army of God!
If you are busy about the work of the Lord, it will sometimes be hard to be on the front lines day after day.
Patience is a part of maturing in our Christian walk with the Lord!
Jas 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
Jas 1:3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
Jas 1:4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
We must wait, I say, wait on the Lord!