by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.” (1 Chronicles 16:11, NIV)
Today’s verse comes from 1 Chronicles telling of the time when King David brought the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, and placed it in the tent, which predated the Temple. As King David and the priests placed the Ark in its place (remember, the Ark held the tablets upon which the 10 Commandments were written by God’s own hand), they offered a prayer of praise to God, containing our daily verse.
Seeking God’s face is a fairly common sentiment in Scripture. Looking back at the original Hebrew, the face represents one’s presence; therefore, when we read to seek God’s face, it is an instruction to seek God’s presence. A friend of mine once contrasted this with what we tend to seek from God; i.e., His hand. When one seeks God’s hand, that means he or she is seeking some blessing or benefit from God. The problem with this mindset is it overlooks the greatest blessing, which is to be with God!
Are you seeking God’s presence, His face, in your life, or are you seeking something else? Instead of looking for something from God, seek being with God. For as Jesus would later teach, once we seek to be in God’s presence, everything else has a way of falling into place (Matthew 6:33).
Prayer: Dear God, thank you dearly for choosing to welcome me into your presence. Forgive me the times I seek relationship with you as though it is merely transctional. I seek the blessings of being with you, and not just getting the things I want from you. I pray this in the holy name of Jesus. Amen.