What is our active role in this relationship with God? Seeking Him.
Psalm 9: 9-10
“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of troubles. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.”
Be encouraged. The Lord is our refuge. A refuge is a place we can take shelter, we can rest and be present with the torment, the trouble, the pain that tears at us. By being present and not running away from the pain, or numbing it, we allow The Lord to comfort us, and help us work through it. In quiet time, we can seek His presence and rest in Him, knowing we are safe. In times of trouble, even in the midst of the storm, we can pray and seek Him, and know He is near.
For He is mightier than any storm we will ever face.
“…a stronghold in times of troubles.”
A stronghold makes me imagine the middle ages, during a mighty battle, or even, bear with me, “Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers”, where they have the castle and the inner sanctum which is the stronghold, the women and children are downstairs, seeking refuge from the Orcs while the men fight.
A stronghold means it is a place of security and survival. God cannot be overcome. Jesus has already won. Remember this.
“Those who know your name…”
How do we know God’s name? This is where our active role in this relationship becomes important. What goes into knowing someone’s name? Rather than hearing someone’s name, if you know a name, you are well-acquainted with that person. Do I know God’s name? Do I know Jesus’s name? Do I know Holy Spirit’s? What is knowing someone’s name?
Relationship. Spending time with that person. Getting to know them.
I love the latter part of the verse, it is a reminder, friends, of a promise that rings strong and true.
God will not forsake those who seek Him.
That is powerful. It is not an inactive, one-sided relationship. There are two sets of feet. The plant must be watered to mature and turn vibrant green. Our relationship is the same.
Our active role: we are to seek Him.
What does seeking Him look like? To seek someone out is to talk to them, communicate with them. Ask questions. Share when we are upset and don’t know what to do. Spending time in worship and quiet time with Him. Waiting for Him.
I have been going to the beach recently with two goals in mind, one to find sea-glass, and then two, to spend time with God. I got so caught up with focusing on finding sea-glass and controlling the outcome of the situation, that I forgot about spending time with God and didn’t find any sea-glass. When Holy Spirit gently reminded me what the purpose of the walk on the beach was, I asked for forgiveness, and funnily enough, shortly after that I found a beautiful piece of sea-glass.
We can seek Him in worship, writing, splitting wood, cleaning the house, reading the Bible. The list goes on. Be in conversation with Him.
Remember, He will not forsake us when we seek Him.
Until next time friends,