I Seek You
Date: September 5, 2023
I use the BLESS method every morning for my devotional.
B - Bible Verse
L - Listen for God's Voice and pray
E - Explore the History and meaning
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases
S - Summarize and Share
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B - Bible Verse: "I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands." Psalm 119:10
L - Listen for God's Word and pray: Dear God, open my heart to truly seek You with all my heart. Help me to stay close to Your commands and not stray from Your path.
E - Explore the History and Meaning: This verse is from Psalm 119, which is the longest chapter in the Bible and focuses on the beauty and significance of God's Word. It's often attributed to King David and reflects his deep love for God's commands. David expresses his heartfelt desire to seek God wholeheartedly and follow His commands. It's a plea for God's guidance and a commitment to remain faithful to His ways.
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases:
"I seek you with all my heart": David's intent to search for God is not half-hearted but rather wholehearted, showing his earnestness.
"do not let me stray from your commands": This shows that David recognizes his own vulnerability to wander away from God's path and his dependence on God's guidance.
S - Summarize and Share:
Have you ever embarked on a search with all your heart? You know, like when you're on a mission to find something that truly matters to you? That's the kind of wholehearted pursuit David is talking about here. He's not interested in just a casual glance; he's diving in headfirst, like a determined explorer on a quest for a hidden treasure. And what's he searching for? God Himself. It's not a half-hearted attempt; it's a full-on, passionate desire to seek God in every nook and cranny of life.
Imagine that moment when you're focused solely on finding that one thing you've been looking for. You're not letting distractions or doubts sway you. David's heart is set on seeking God with that kind of intensity. It's a call for us to throw ourselves into our pursuit of God, to be intentional and unreserved.
And notice how David doesn't just say, "I'm all in," and leave it at that. He prays, "do not let me stray from your commands." It's like he's acknowledging that our hearts, as passionate as they can be, can sometimes take detours. So, he's not just relying on his own determination; he's looking to God for guidance and support.
I've felt that pull – the desire to truly seek God with all my heart. There have been times when I've dived into His Word, hungry for the truths and wisdom it holds. And just like David, I've had my moments of distraction, of veering off the path. But that's when I remember his prayer. I ask God to keep me close to His commands, to steer me back when I start wandering. It's a constant reminder that seeking God isn't a one-time decision; it's a daily commitment, a choice to let His Word guide my steps, and journaling can help us with that.
So, as we journey through life, let's take a page from David's book. Let's be the kind of seekers who don't hold back, who dig deep into God's Word, and who continually ask for His guidance. It's in this intentional pursuit that we discover the true joy and fulfillment that comes from being in sync with God's heart.
4 Bible Cross References:
Psalm 119:2 - "Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart."
Proverbs 8:17 - "I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me."
Jeremiah 29:13 - "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
Matthew 6:33 - "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."