Day Four: Psalm 34:10 "Young lions on the prowl get hungry but God-seekers are full of God." (The Message Bible)
I can vividly remember when I was a child how we used to play "hide-and-go-seek"! One person was charged with the task of finding the perfect hiding place while the other children tried their best to find the person's whereabouts. We would close our eyes and count to three and exclaim the infamous words, "ready or not, here we come!" Utilizing our senses, we would attempt to locate the person to the best of our ability. The first child to find the hider would be declared the "winner." Well, in this season of abundance, the real winners will be those who make it their business to seek God like never before! Hebrews 11:6 states, "But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him."
God is not sought with our five senses. He is sought and known in the Word and through the power of prayer. David once said in Psalm 63:8 "My soul follows hard after [God]..." What does this mean? David pursued God diligently, he tracked God like a young lion hunts his prey. There are two strategies that a young lion is known for when seeking his prey.
1. The young lions mostly hunt very early in the morning or late at night. This is how we ought to seek the face of God as well. Psalm 63:1 declares, "O God, You are my God, early will I seek You." In the sixth verse of the same chapter, the Psalmist states that he also, "remembers God upon His bed and meditates on God in the night watches." Our God has promised us good success and prosperity on one condition found in Joshua 1:8, "This book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success."
2. The young lion focuses upon and studies the habitat and mannerisms of his prey, thus increasing the likelihood of successfully securing a meal. Lions are known to find a bush close to something that their prey needs, like water. He climbs in the bush and patiently waits for his prey to show up and then he pounces. As God-seekers, we too must familiarize ourselves with the character, mannerisms, and habitat of our God. One thing that I know to be true as it pertains to the character and habitat of God: He is holy and He dwells where there is praise! Psalm 22:3 declares, "But thou are holy, O thou that inhabits the praises of Israel." Praise itself invites the very "presence of God" into any situation. In the presence of the Lord there is "fullness of joy and at His right hand there are pleasures for ever more (Psalm 16:11). This text teaches us that there is provision in God's presence. As a matter of fact, everything that we need is there in His presence we just have to seek Him daily! God's word promises us that the young lion even with his shrewd hunting skills will at times suffer lack and hunger but the true God-seekers will not lack any good thing from the Lord.
Father, thank You for granting unto me the desire to seek Your face like never before. You promised in Your word (Jeremiah 29:12), "...then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart." Father, we honor You and thank You in advance for supplying every one of our needs in 2018 as we continue to seek You, in Jesus' name. Amen