When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands, and I would not be comforted. Psalm 77:2
When a person wants something badly enough, he will go to extreme lengths to get it. It is common to see people working eighty to ninety hour work weeks striving to get a large income, in order to have a large house, fancy car, large retirement, or some other thing. They will punish themselves with grueling hours to get what they want.
There are many other things that people work hard to get. They will not sleep at night trying to get what they want as soon as possible. Nothing can discourage them from going after their goals or desires.
Asaph talks about a time when he was under a lot of stress. He began to cry out to God for help throughout the night. He did not get tired and quit, but kept at it, until he would hear from God and receive the desired help.
Every believer has times in his life in which it is very stressful and difficult. It is during those times that he must cry out to God for help.
While many will cry out to God for help, for most they will not continue to cry out. They will seek God for a moment for some help, but when He does not immediately answer, they look to someone or something else for help. They give up on hearing God, thinking that He did not hear or does not care about them. Both thoughts are wrong.
Seeking God should be a believer’s highest priority in this life. Whether it is in a struggle or for direction, seeking God is needed. One should not get tired of seeking God, but keep going no matter what it takes or how long it takes.
In your life, there will be times where you have some great struggles and need God’s help. Take time to seek Him for answers. Don’t make that time of seeking Him just a few minutes, but dig down deep and seek Him with everything that is within you.
Be willing to put everything temporary in this life aside until you hear from God. However, be willing to listen and accept His answer to you when He speaks.
God is waiting for you to call on Him. He is also waiting to comfort you in your time of trouble. Seek Him today and don’t give up..
I pray today that you will have a heart to seek God; that you will give all you have to hear from God; that you will put aside this world to hear from God; and that you will hear what God has to say.
But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, “The Lord is great!” Psalm 70:4
Waiting is something that most people do not like to do. Things cannot move fast enough for many people. They want things to be done quickly on their own time frame.
It does not matter how fast something is, it can be faster, or rather, it must be faster. The cashier is too slow, the computer is too slow, the traffic is too slow and much more. People are always complaining about how long something takes.
The level of complaint increases when what is slow is the provision of help in a time of need. During a crisis, nothing can move fast enough. Then people just complain.
David knew that there were people who were in need of God’s help and were waiting for His help in their lives. He encourages all that are waiting for God’s help to praise Him and remember that He is great.
While the world is waiting on physical things in this world, believers are also waiting on God. They are waiting on God to answer their many prayers. Some of those prayers are for desperate measures. Life is difficult and without God’s intervention it will be even worse.
Yet, as they pray, God does not seem to hear or do anything about the situation. Many believers then begin to complain, just as the world does. They get angry with God for not meeting their need, in their time.
The focus needs to shift and remember that God is GREAT. He knows the perfect time and the perfect action to deal with the situation in the believer’s life. One needs to wait for His provision, His salvation to arrive. While waiting one can praise God for who He is.
You are probably waiting for God to answer some prayers of your right now that you have been seeking an answer to for some time. Do not give up on those prayers. Continue to believe God will answer those prayer needs.
As you are praying and waiting, rejoice that God hears you. Praise God for all the prayers He has already answered in your life. Don’t lose hope in God and the salvation that He has promised, it will come at the right time.
Don’t forget that God is GREAT, even while you are waiting in desperation for an answer from Him.
I pray today that you will know God’s hand of provision; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will rejoice in what God has already done for you; and that you will praise God while waiting for His answers.
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? Psalm 42:1-2
Most people have a special friend that they love to spend time with. They look forward to time together. The newly married couple are always seeking to be together. While one is at work, they are thinking constantly about each other and cannot be separated, unless it is absolutely necessary.
This can also be seen in the business world. There are certain business men or women that people would love to spend some time with. They want to learn from that person and gain their knowledge or experience. Some will spend thousands of dollars just to be able to spend a few minutes with a person.
The writer of this psalm talks about a panting desire to be with God. He is thirsting as a deer thirsts for water to spend time with God. He wants to be in God’s presence.
While spending time with people can be good, there is one who is better to spend time with. People can provide some temporary help or comfort, but God can provide for eternal help and comfort.
In church there are many people who believe in God, but He is not the center of their lives. He is not what they seek and want the most in their lives. They are busy with other things in their lives.
The picture of a deer panting for water is one of who is desperate for water. It is one of life and death. Without water, one will die, it is needed.
The same is with God. God should be the most important person in one’s life. So much so that without God, one would feel as if he would die.
There may be many things in your life that you would like to have. Some of which you may think you need to have. However, the most important thing to have is God in the center of your life.
Spending time with God should be your greatest concern in your life. Stopping the rest of life to be with God should be a common scene in your life. Without God, you will make poor choices, you will be weak, and you will lose the battles in this life.
With God you will have joy, peace, strength and comfort for everything. What are you desperate for today?
I pray today that you will know God personally; that you will desire to spend time with God; that you will know God’s presence in your life daily; and that God will be the center of your life.
They will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God their Savior. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, God of Jacob. Psalm 24:5-6
The world does not even attempt to look for God. Instead, the world is constantly trying to disprove God. They do not want anything to do with God and want to do everything on their own.
Most people feel as if they have earned what they have and are proud of it. All the blessings that they have in their life is because of their own personal hard work. As they take this view, they push God out of the picture. Along with pushing God out of the picture, all morality is gone with Him. All that is left is judgement of guilt in the end.
David talks about who can ascend God’s holy hill and what they will get there. Those who live for God will get a blessing and be vindicated–cleared of all guilt.
This was written at a time when the Israelites were under the Law. It was do or die. There was no grace being shown. David was looking forward to the Messiah that would come–Jesus.
In order to receive these blessings and being cleared of guilt, people have to seek God. The world is trying to get the blessings without seeking God. Believers seek for God and what He wants. It is not about self, but about God.
Seeking God is taking time to find out what God wants. How does God want a person to live? What does God want a person to do?
God wants all people to follow Jesus. Jesus provided the truth and way to get to the Father. He provided forgiveness of sins and the Holy Spirit to give power to live for Him. These are the blessings of seeking after God.
As with all people, you have made mistakes in sinning against God. Seeking Jesus will lead you to repent and follow Him. Jesus will clear you of all sin and give you the blessing of getting to the Father.
Seeking the things of this world will fail you. They are temporary and fade away.
Put seeking after God at the top of your priority list as to what to do each day. As you seek Him, all other things that you must do will fall into place correctly.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek after God with all of your heart; that you will find God each day; that you will know the blessings of serving God; and that you will know the forgiveness Jesus gives.
I am worn out from my groaning. All night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears. Psalm 6:6
Seeking help sometimes takes time and a lot of effort. It is not always an easy path to getting much needed help.
There are people who are in need of government assistance that attempt to get some help. In order to attempt to qualify for the help, one must fill out dozens of pages of information, plus provide proof for all of that information. All this is done so that, maybe, he might get some needed assistance. During the process of filling out all the required paperwork, there is often a lot of groaning and tears, with fear of rejection.
David had been crying out to God about some situation in his life. He had been seeking God all night long for deliverance from his enemies. He had become weak from all the groaning and praying he had been doing. In the end, God hears his prayer and answers him.
The prayers of many people are very short quick prayers. They quickly ask God for something, then move on with life. This is often done, because one is so busy with life that he does not stop and take time to communicate with God more than a short tweet.
Although God does hear each and every short prayer, there are times He wants one to really cry out for help. Jesus was perfect, yet, He spent a lot of time praying to the Father. He spent whole nights in travailing prayer to the Father.
Some think that this is just a lack of faith to pray for a longer period of time for one thing, but this can be a show of determination to get God’s attention. It is reaching out until one gets the needed answer.
There will be times in your life when you are going through a tough time. The spiritual enemies in this world will be attacking you and you need relief. Take time to pray to God for the answer.
Do not just do a fast food take out prayer with God, but spend time in prayer seeking His mercy in your life. Do not be afraid of spending hours seeking His assistance.
It can be that God is wanting to see how much you need Him, how much you want the answer. Be willing to cry out to God and keep crying out to get an answer. He will answer in His time.
I pray today that you will know God’s voice; that you will seek God for help in every area of your life; that you will take time to pray to God; and that you will know God’s mercy in your life.
But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, “First seek the counsel of the LORD.” 2 Chronicles 18:4
Seeking counsel is common around the world. There are thousands of self-help books to give counseling on how to do anything and everything. Along with the books, there are thousands of counselors out there to give guidance and direction to a person in his life, no matter what the situation is.
There people who give counsel in sports, marriages, school, business, communication, music, and anything else that is out there. Some are free to get their counsel, others cost money.
People are very quick to go to psychics to learn what they are to do next and what will help them. They will seek out friends to get counsel in how to deal with something. Online groups are abundant with people to help counsel each other through bad situations in life.
King Ahab, of Israel, had went to king Jehoshaphat of Judah to get his help in defeating an enemy. Jehoshaphat agreed, but wanted to seek God’s counsel on the situation first.
While it is not a bad thing to seek the counsel and wisdom of other people, they will often fall short in giving the best counsel possible. Many do not have a relationship with God, so they cannot give the perfect counsel of God. What they can give may be good or completely bad, but it is not perfect.
God has always been around. He created everything and sustains everything. He is perfection. With knowing that God can give the perfect counsel in any and every situation that a person may go through.
The first thing that every believer should do when faced with a situation is to seek God’s counsel in it. Find out what God has to say about the situation and how to deal with it.
You, as with any other person on this earth, will have situations in life that you must make a choice as to how to deal with it. Some of these situations will be daily, others will be once in a lifetime, but they are there. While seeking counsel from friends and other believers may bring some good, seek God’s wisdom and counsel first.
Take time to find out what God has to say about your situation. He is there and is waiting for you to ask of Him. God’s love for you is perfect and He will always give the perfect counsel. Find out what it is.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek God’s wisdom and counsel daily; that you will act upon God’s word to you; and that you will allow God to guide your every decision in life.