Bible Reading: Psalm 27
We are approaching a new year in the coming days, and we all need to be asking, “Will it be a better year?” 2018 has ups and downs for us all, and we all enter a new year hoping that life will get better in every way possible. Every year, I like to take time to reflect on my relationship with God and reflect on our year together. Have you ever done this? Have you taken time to remember all of the blessings of God? Do you remember the prayers He answered? Have you grown closer to God? We are blessed to know God every day on this earth, and each one should be used to the fullest.
As I was reflecting and thinking about my resolutions for 2019, I was led to psalm 27. As I read through it, I found that my mind was comforted and my heart was filled. The psalm begins saying, “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” None of us knows what all we will experience in 2019. We will face challenges and trials, and we will have times of victory and celebration. And through every day of 2019, God will be with us. His light and His presence will go with us into all the places we go, and He will never leave us. Knowing that, will 2019 be a new, better year for you? Will you take on this year with more confidence and strength? Will you have peace in God’s constant presence? I hope and pray that we all would.
We all would love to find our daily strength and peace in God, and so we seek Him and pray for His help. God is faithful to mature us and teach us His ways, and He does not ask much of us. God does not demand perfection, nor does He ask for money or gifts. Psalm 27:8 says, “You have said, ‘Seek my face.’ My heart says to you, ‘Your face, Lord, do I seek.’” God is asking you to seek His face. How will you respond? If you will seek His face, you will find our Heavenly Father smiling on you and leading you in His ways. Praise God for His amazing love and constant grace!
Application: With 2019 quickly approaching, I want to challenge you to make it a year where you seek God’s face like never before. If you are a young believer, that may look like committing to read 3-5 chapters of Scripture a week and praying more than last year. For a more mature believer, it may look like reading 3-5 chapters of the Bible each day and praying throughout the day. Wherever you find yourself on your spiritual journey, I want to challenge you to seek God’s face more than you ever have before. Do not become consumed with reading the Bible and prayer, but become consumed with Christ! Let your love for Him grow and urge you to seek Him more and more. With God’s Spirit at work within us, 2019 will be the year we learn to seek His face like never before!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, you have asked us to seek your face, and we desire to do just that this year. Please teach us and lead us in your ways, and make us into a church that shines like a bright light into our community. May we each glorify you, and cause your face to smile on us. We love you, Father. Amen.