“Because Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You. I will praise You as long as I live, and in Your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods, with singing lips my mouth will praise You.” Psalm 63:3-5
I had a conversation recently with my chiropractor, about trying to get off the couch and get moving. I argued with him, “But I have no energy!” He told me that when we only use a small amount of energy every day, our body gets accustomed to that and eventually doesn’t demand any more of us. That is how a “couch potato” is created. But if we push past that bar we have set, our body will begin to respond to the demand for additional energy and will build a greater energy reserve. We have to be determined to break the low-energy barrier.
I said, “You know, there is a spiritual application here.” I rolled that thought around in my mind, and this is what God showed me: If we allow ourselves to become satisfied with just a little bit of God, we will never want more of Him. But if we push past that bar we have set, our hearts will begin to respond to Him more and more, and we will find that we can never get enough of Him. We will be filled with His love, and His Spirit will give us new life.
How do we push past that low-level desire? God has shown us the way in Jeremiah 29:13 – “You will seek me and find me when You seek me with all your heart.” The terminology that is used to “seek” God speaks of an intense desire to know Him, and a passionate and determined pursuit of Him. The wonderful truth is that God promises to reveal Himself to us when we do. In fact, the original Hebrew says that He will cause us to encounter Him – if we seek Him with all our hearts. As He reveals more of Himself to us, our love for Him deepens, and our search for the heart of God intensifies more and more.
Jesus tells us “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Listen to His promise: “For everyone who asks receives, he who seeks finds and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8) We often claim this verse for the needs and pursuits of our lives, but I believe this promise has a greater purpose: If we pursue God with this kind of faith and determination, what we ask-more of Him-will be given to us. You can be assured that if you seek Him, you will find Him. You have His word on it.
Are you “satisfied” with your relationship with God, or do you long for more? Turn off the T.V., push yourself up from the couch, and begin to pursue Him. Get involved in a local church, with faithful attendance. Join a Sunday school class or Bible study group. Find a Christian mentor you can learn from. Establish a daily habit of reading your Bible and praying. When you make knowing God a priority in your life, He will show you truths you never dreamed of. Jeremiah 33:3 says “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” This is God’s invitation to know Him, and His promise to reveal things you never even thought to ask about. This is your invitation to go deeper with God. Will you seek Him?
You have said to my heart, “Seek my face!” Your face Lord, I will seek. (Psalm 27:8)