The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
I keep a running list of topics or words that I want to study, and when the Lord prompts me with one of those, I jot it down so I don’t forget it. When I have time, I go back to that list and do some studying. My posts here often come from that list. Last week, I wrote the word seek on that list. Since I’m actively “seeking God’s will” in regard to subbing, every time that word pops up, my antennae start to waggle, wanting to understand what God is saying to me about seeking.
That happened this morning with verse 10. “You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” I may have even read it aloud. Because I started to think about two words … seek … and forsake.
Seek means to look for something with extra effort, or to explore.
Forsake is kind of an old word. You find it a lot in the Old Testament, especially in older translations. It means to leave or abandon.
Immediately I thought of Hide & Seek–a game my teenagers still play. Their youth group has a very complicated version of this that they play at their lock-ins.
But have you ever played Hide & Seek and been the one left alone after everyone else ran away?
God is not like that! God doesn’t play hide and seek. He does not abandon us–ever! Especially when we are diligently looking for Him! He promises us that when we seek Him, we will find Him!
I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. (Proverbs 8:17 NIV)
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 29:13-14 NIV)
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7 NIV)
Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5 NIV)