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Hide and Seek

Psalm 119:2; Mt 6:33; Ps 63:1; 1 Ch 16:8-11; Various

Hide and Seek

Psalm 119:2; Mt 6:33; Ps 63:1; 1 Ch 16:8-11; Various

Good evening and welcome to BCCC and our nightly devotional study.

When I was a kids I loved to play hide and seek with the other kids in the neighborhood. We actually played where you could hide anywhere in a one block radius. There were a couple of rules. One, you could not enter any building or home. 2. When you were found you had to help whoever was it find the rest of the kids. It was a lot of fun and even our adult neighbors got into the spirit.

I remember a particular time when I hid in plain sight. I went up on Mrs. Steeds porch while she was outside shelling beans. She put her sweater and hat on me and gave me a bowl to help shell beans. We set there and shelled beans while my friends looked all over. One even came up on the porch to ask if we had seen Loren. We both said “no” and away they went. It was the first and only time I did not get found. Some of the kids were a bit worried cause I was usually one of the first kids to be found.

Hiding can be fun but seeking can even be a greater joy. One of the kids in our neighborhood always wanted to be “it.” Most of us didn’t mind because we didn’t want to be “it”. But one day someone asked him why he always wanted to be it and he said, “it’s more fun to find people than to hide.” And from that moment on everyone wanted to be it. We found that there is a joy in seeking something and finding it.

In the Bible there is a verse that says, “Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts.” The verse is found in the longest chapter in the Bible, Psalm 119:2. This verse is a collection of verse all out God’s laws, statutes, commands, ordinances, etc. It implies that there is joy in looking through God’s word and finding him in the obedience of following his word. There is joy, blessings, and deep happiness in seeking and finding God.

Jesus tells us to stop seeking after worldly needs and desires and to seek after God’s kingdom and his right way of thinking and living. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Mt 6:33). When we seek God and his kingdom first all the other pieces fall into place. And that is when we realize the true joy of seeking God before everything else we think we need or want.

David recognized the value of seeking God first. David wrote a beautiful psalm to the Lord when he was in the dessert of Judah. There he experienced the constant desire for water and he compared that to seeking God. You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water” (Ps 63:1). David was a man who sought after God’s own heart. He compared his search to an unquenchable thirst… nothing will do but the real thing… the Lord Almighty.

In 1 Chronicles 16, David appoints Asaph to write and sing psalms of praise to God and then gives him an example:

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;

    make known among the nations what he has done.

Sing to him, sing praise to him;

    tell of all his wonderful acts.

Glory in his holy name;

    let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. (1 Ch 16:8-11)

David knew the joy of seeking the Lord and wanted to inspire others to seek Him too.

PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear God, We praise you for sending Jesus to seek and save the Lost. We thank you for finding us and redeeming us in your Son Jesus. We ask that you will give us a thirst to always seek you. Help us to find joy and blessing in looking into your word and seeking you in our lives. In Jesus name we pray, Amen!

Have you picked out some verses for our month long challenge? We want to encourage everyone to learn 4 new verses by the end of June. I hope you will join us for this challenge. Psalm 119:2 is another great verse to memorize. Let us know how you are doing. I hope you will join us tomorrow night at 6pm for our Bible devotional. Good night and God bless you.

May 26, 20/ Preacher/ Ministers Minute/
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