Thoughts on Today's Verse...
After restoring the presence of God to their people through the Ark of the Covenant, David and Asaph gave the people a song (1 Chronicles 16:7-37) to perpetually remind them of the importance of seeking God's strength and presence (face) because:
- Our strength is found in the Lord's presence (Psalm 27:2 Corinthians 12:8-10; Ephesians 6:10).
- Our grace and mercy come from the Lord's loving presence (Isaiah 63:7-9; 2 John 1:3).
- Our hope centers on seeing the Lord face-to-face in his presence and knowing him even as we are known by him (1 John 3:1-2).
As children of God, we can look to the Lord and his might. We don't have to rely only on our strength and wisdom to chart our paths. As we seek the Lord's face while leaning on his gracious and powerful presence, the Lord leads us with his Spirit, empowering us as he works in our lives for our ultimate good (Romans 8:12-17, 28-29).
O Lord, I know you created me uniquely as you fashioned me in my mother's womb (Psalm 139:13-17). Yet I know I can never have the freedom or creativity in my life that you long for me to discover unless I first seek you and your strength. Please bless me with the assurance of your nearness as I seek you with all of my heart and use my abilities in creative ways to bring you glory. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.