Dear Precious Friends,
On this beautiful new day, this gift from God, I pray we are waking up knowing God has a purpose for our life and spending time with Him is the most important thing we can do. Each time I read Psalm 32:8 I am reminded of that scene and the importance of keeping my focus where it needs to be—on the face of my Heavenly Father. I ask myself, “Am I focusing on my Father’s gaze? Am I really seeking His face to see the direction He has for me?”
The Old Testament writers spoke often of seeking God’s face. In Psalm 27:8-9 David wrote, “When You said, ‘Seek My face!’ My heart said to You, ‘Your face, LORD, I will seek.” Here the word “seek” means to search out or beseech, especially by prayer and worship.
In Psalm 63:1, David used a slightly different word when he penned, “O God, You are my God; early will seek You . . .” This specifically means to get up early in order to diligently search out God.
It’s obvious that just a simple glance in God’s direction is not enough. I need to spend time with Him in prayer, to study His Word, to listen to His still small voice as He speaks to me. And I need to lift my voice in praise and worship to the Father who never takes His eye off of me.
How blessed then is the promise, “If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.” (2 Chronicles 15:2)!
“Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face evermore!” (Psalm 105:4)
Without seeking clear directions from God, it’s so easy to become confused about which way to turn. In today’s verse, God makes this promise to each and everyone of us: We don’t have to go it alone as if we’re feeling our way through the darkness. God is there to light our path.
No matter how determined we are about staying the course, without God’s direction we’ll end up in a place we never intended to go. Whenever we need direction —God will faithfully provide the counsel we need. And we can find God’s counsel in His Word, through prayer and by relying on the Holy Spirit to pave the way before us. Practicing these principles is the only way we can be sure of reaching our destination. Each time I read Psalm 32:8 I am reminded of the and the importance of keeping my focus where it needs to be—on the face of my Heavenly Father. I ask myself, “Am I focusing on my Father’s gaze? Am I really seeking His face to see the direction He has for me?” “ When we are wrestling with difficult decisions, know that God’s perfect wisdom and vision is available to us—it is only a prayer away. Today, I pray we are encouraged to know the truth that God desires to guide and counsel us. Because He cares about the details of our lives, seek His Word and follow the path He has set before you.
Heavenly Father, as this new day unfolds, I am determined to seek Your face more diligently than I ever have before. Let me fix my eyes on You and not be distracted. Let us hear from you Lord. As we spend time with you reveal your path in our lives. We love you. Amen.