[When You said], "Seek My face," My heart said to You, "Your face, LORD, I will seek." Psalm 27:8 NKJV
Have you ever faced challenges in your life that seem to get the best of you?
That cause you to think differently about yourself, your life? Provoking all kinds of questions?
Well King David faced many challenges in his lifetime. The one that comes to mind at this very time is when his own son rises up against him. The King's son Absalom, was one of many. He was the third son born to him. Absalom was a "good" son until jealousy and revenge entered his heart (2 Samuel 13-15) . Absalom's rage turn into rebellion. It was so intense it caused the King to flee his own land for Absalom desired to overthrow his father. He had built up a force of followers that would come along side him to pursue his father. They were the same people that called David, king.
It may appear to some that David, the one that slew lions, bears and the Philistine, Goliath, was acting out of character. After all David was victorious in battles. When we look closely we will see that in fact David was being himself . David knew how to seek the face of God. David was considered a "man after God's heart" (Acts 13:22). Sure he messed up a few times but David didn't let that get in his way nor did he allow his "mess ups" to define his relationship with God. As David found himself in the position of opposition he continually sought God . He sought God's wisdom, strength and encouragement. Many of the psalm were written during his times of opposition.
He knew that his victories were found in God (1 Samuel 17:45-47). He understood that it wasn't his techniques and or strategies that made him victorious but it was knowing the promises of God. David had a way of reminding God of his promises that captured God's attention. David had faith. His faith grew out of obedience to God which was a result of seeking the presence of God and maintaining a relationship with Him.
The Word of God didn't say my life had to be perfect to be enjoyed. And I praise God that it does require me to be perfect to experience the perfecting work of God in my life.
2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV says it best:
And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made
perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my
infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
So as you face the challenges of today that may be screaming for your attention, seek God. As your thoughts are flooded with uncertainties, seek God. As you find yourself struggling with discouragement, seek God. The directions you seek are found in the applicable Word of God. Your comfort is found in Him, the Holy Spirit. Your strength to endure is found in the joy of the Lord, which is the joy of your salvation.
Seek Him and Find Him.
Be one after God's heart.