Two very pointed verses from the Psalms remind us that our Christian life has a daily significance, not just one or two weekly events. The first one is found in Psalm 68, verse 19. It reminds us of the goodness of the Lord and His daily benefits. “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.” In Psalm 61 the psalmist is claiming the provision and protection of the Lord in his time of need. He concludes in verse 8 with a commitment to daily perform his vows. “So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.”
David’s commitment to God was not an attempt to get God to bless him but was rather a daily commitment to God demonstrating how thankful he was to God for the benefits he was receiving from God.
If we are really thankful to the Lord for His many blessings to us and want to draw closer to Him, there are some things we should daily practice in our lives.
1. DAILY SEEK HIS FACE – “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Our theme this year at Shawnee Baptist Church is “SEEK HIS FACE.” Over and over again throughout the Scriptures we see God’s people seeking His face for guidance, protection, salvation and blessing.
“Turn us again, O LORD God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.” (Psalms 80:19)
“Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord’s sake.” (Daniel 9:17)
“I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.”
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
It is like a child that is constantly seeking the approval of a parent. He is always wanting his parents to notice any improved skill … You hear them all the time calling out, “Watch me, Daddy; watch me, Mommy.” Our heart’s desire should be to have God turn His face to shine on us and guide us with His eye.
Do you have that daily time with God in His word? Are you seeking His face? Are you demonstrating to Him your love for Him?
In the first part of Exodus 33:11, the Bible says, “And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend…”
Hannah sought God’s favor in 1 Samuel 1, and God gave her a son who would become the prophet of Israel.
In 2 Kings 20, God raised Hezekiah from his death bed and added 15 years to his life because he cried out to God.
I believe God will work in our churches, families and individual lives if we would again earnestly and sincerely seek His face. The answer for America does not lie in the White House as many would have you to believe during this election year … the answer lies in the Church house.
2. DAILY GROW IN GRACE – Peter warned the church to be steadfast, avoid error… then said: “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:18)
3. DAILY STAY IN THE RACE – Paul, bound in the Spirit, was going to difficult things that would be awaiting him.
“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:24)