“I sought the Lord, and he answered me…” (Psalm 34:4, NIV)
Usually, I use an “old fashioned” paper Bible for my morning quiet time. Corinne gave me a compact NIV Study Bible when we were dating that I love, and I typically find that getting away from a screen helps me connect better with God. But, this morning I was reading Psalm 34 in Logos Bible Software on my computer (Logos is the Bible study software I use to study and write sermons; it’s literally an entire library of thousands of commentaries, journals, lexicons, and other resources… I love it!).
I came to verse 4 and noticed that I had written a note there previously, five years ago. I hovered the mouse over the note and read this:
“The number one reason why our prayers are not answered is because we seek answers instead of seeking God.”
David wrote Psalm 34 when he was on the run from King Saul, who was trying to kill him. David went into Philistine territory to escape Saul but was there in danger of being killed because he was Israel’s greatest warrior. So, he pretended to be insane, drooling and acting like a madman. He escaped that danger and then wrote Psalm 34.
What struck me five years ago, and what struck me again this morning, was that David sought God in his prayers. No doubt he asked God for help with his problem, but what he wrote about in Psalm 34:4 was not how he sought answers, but how he sought God. So many times in my life when I am facing the unknown, when I am up against a challenge that is outside of my ability to control, when I am feeling skeptical about whether or not God will show up, I seek answers when I should be seeking God. Now for sure, it is not wrong to ask questions and seek answers. But our ultimate pursuit should be God Himself. If we seek God, we’ll get the answers and the help that we need because we’ll get God Himself!
This reminded me of an old David Crowder song I used to sing often. One of the lines in the song says:
“From wherever searching comes, the looking itself a trace of what we’re looking for, so be quiet now, and wait.”
My prayer this week is that you’ll have an opportunity to be quiet and wait with the Lord. Seek Him and He’ll take care of whatever else needs to be taken care of. I hope you enjoy this old song!