Pursuing God 101

pursueWhat does it mean to seek after God? How does one pursue the Almighty? Sam Storms, Enjoying God Ministries,  explores Psalm 34. He notes six things to consider as essential in pursuing God. Here are the highlights. Read the entire article.

First, celebrate God (vv. 1-3)! Observe the passion and intensity of David’s worship.

“I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!” (vv. 1-3)

Second, pray to God (vv. 4-7).

Third, enjoy God (v. 8)! “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.”

Fourth, fear God (vv. 9-14)! Wait a minute. First David tells us to “taste” God and savor his goodness, then turns around in the next verse and commands us to “fear” him! Are you kidding? Not at all. We must both enjoy God and tremble at his greatness. We must rejoice and revere. We must both adore him and fall on our knees in awe of his power and authority and holiness.

Fifth, obey God (vv. 15-18)! “The eyes of the Lord,” said David, “are toward the righteous” whereas the Lord “is against those who do evil” (v. 15-16).

Sixth, and finally, trust God (vv. 19-22)! The key statement in this closing paragraph is David’s promise that none are condemned “who take refuge in him” (v. 22).

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