November 6, 2020
Forty Days of Proclamation :Seek
Beverly Bosworth Clegg
Psalm 105:4 “Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.”
After rushing in and out of the grocery store at breakneck speed these past months masked and armed with hand wipes, I have concluded that I am by nature a “browser”. How I long for the days of leisurely strolling through the aisles of the market, mall, or Hobby Lobby! Relaxed admiration of artful displays or even reading nutrition labels gave momentary pleasure. I have been known to spend two hours at the mall without purchasing even one item. Yes, I would say I am a casual browser. A serious shopper…I am not!
My word for this year is SEEK. As 2020 was approaching, I was packing up Christmas decorations including my favorite Magi trio. The wooden sign that sits with them reminds us that “Wise Men Still Seek Him”. The word SEEK jumped out at me and I remember breathing a simple prayer that in 2020 I would truly SEEK him. My verse and daily reminder comes from Psalm 105:4, “Look to the Lord and his strength; SEEK his face always.” Little did I know the seriousness of such a pursuit in God’s eyes. In referencing and cross-referencing this word, I have come to realize that it involves much more than a casual glance or fleeting search. It caused me to pause and ask myself, “Am I am guilty of “browsing” in my walk with God? Am I convicted of approaching God’s throne with unintentionality, mindlessness, without purpose or passion? How thankful I am that this throne is one of grace where I find mercy and forgiveness (Hebrews 4:16).
The Hebrew word for SEEK is baqqesu. Its meanings include to search out, investigate, eagerly pursue with a desperate need to find. David, in Psalm 63, cried out to God with just such an intensity when he said,” O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you!” (NLT) For me, such eagerness to spend time in His presence, whether in private devotion or group worship, takes commitment. It is not a casual relationship that our Savior desires with us, but an intimate one. Spending time reading and studying the Word, along with the use of resources available such as online commentaries and translations, is important in our pursuit of God’s character. If we are to see His face, we must take time to pour our hearts out to Him and then quietly listen for the Holy Spirit’s leading.
Jesus assures us in Matthew 7:7 that our diligence will not go unrewarded. “SEEK and you will find”. With a promise like this, no more browsing for me!
Join me as we make these words of St. Thomas Aquinas our own prayer for today.
“O Christ, whom now beneath a veil we see,
may what we thirst for soon our portion be,
to gaze on thee unveiled, and see thy face,
the vision of thy glory and thy grace.”
Additional Scripture: Jeremiah 29:13, Psalm 119:1-11, Hebrews 11:6