Oh, give thanks to the Lord!
Call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples!
Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him;
Talk of all His wondrous works!
Glory in His holy name;
Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!
Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face evermore!
Remember His marvelous works which He has done,
His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth
Psalm 105 opens describing the many facets of healthy praise. I speak about these in episode 3 of season one the podcast. But I came across these verses while studying the concept of Seeking God. What does it mean to seek God? Right in the middle of these fantastic verses in Psalm 105 is the phrase “Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord! Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face evermore”.
The truth is, it’s possible to praise God, thank God, speak of His deeds, remember His works and wonders and yet not seek Him. We have to be intentional about seeking God and seeking His strength and His face. And it’s a vital part of our worship if we want to grow in the things of God and our understanding of Him. And it’s vital that as worship leaders, we keep seeking God a priority in all that we do.
What does it mean to seek God?
Colossians 3:1 says we are to set our hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. There’s an element of repentance and turning from our own ways here too. Seeking God is seeking God’s ways.
He (God) made known His ways to Moses, His deeds to the people of Israel. Psalm 103:7
We can live life only ever knowing and praising the deeds of God and never understanding and pursuing His ways. His deeds are great and worthy of praising and declaring but we can also know His character and the things that please Him.
Those who know Your name trust in You, for You, Lord , have never forsaken those who seek You Psalm. 9:10 NIV
We can know God’s name and all that represents: His faithfulness, love, majesty, greatness, peace and joy… and as we discover more of who God is and His ways, we live that out in our lives for His glory and the good of those around us.
Why seek God?
1. We are encouraged to in scripture
In the psalms and the prophets but also by Jesus. “Seek first the kingdom” and “seek and you will find”… The invitation implies that not everyone will do this. It is a choice.
When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord , I will seek.” Psalms 27:8 NKJV
2. There are unsearchable things to discover
We’re so good at searching these days. It’s easier than thinking. Just run a quick internet search and see what you get. But when we seek God, there are things to discover that we can’t find anywhere else or any other way except through taking the time to call and wait on the Lord. Isaiah 55 says that God’s thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are higher than our ways. There is a warning here not to assume to know what God is wanting. In worship this is sobering. We can so quickly just do all those good things Psalm 105 describes and actually miss what God is wanting to accomplish. We need to wait on God. Let His word dwell richly in us and seek Him, not just praise Him.
Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3 NIV
3. To know God better
We seek God because we can grow in our knowledge and revelation of God! We are to seek to know God, not just declare his praise and what He has done.
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. Ephesians 1:17 NIV
4. The result is joy and peace
Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! Throughout scripture, there seems to be a link between seeking God and joy and peace. Joy and peace are the pursuits of men and women. In all our building and living of life, we pursue joy ad peace. And scripture highlights that the way to these are to seek God and delight in Him.
In Isaiah 55 God invites us to seek Him while He may be found. The promised result is joy and peace.
You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; Isaiah 55:12 NIV
In the Matthew 6, before Jesus invites us to seek and find in chapter 7, He warns us not to worry. In chapter 7 He goes on to say rather to be confident in God’s ways as a good Father who knows how to give good gifts.
As in Psalm 105:5, Philippians 4 encourages us to rejoice in the Lord! To be anxious for nothing and to let the peace of God guard our hearts and minds.
What does this mean for us?
In our praise and worship of God, let us make space for seeking God. Let’s write songs that call to God as well as declare His greatness and praise. May our lives and times of worship be characterised by a consistent, confident, joyful expectation that comes from seeking and knowing God. May the peace of God settle our hearts as we mature in the ways of God and our revelation of Him, drawing directly from the Source as we seek His strength and His face evermore.