Verse of the Day Devotion: 1 Chronicles 16:11
“Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face continually.” – 1 Chronicles 16:11
This verse is part of song of thanks to God by David. In looking at this, we should see this as an example for us. Starting in verse eight he says, “Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples.” 1 Chronicles 16:8. We should be thankful for everything that God has done for us, for everything He has given us, and all difficult situations that not only He has delivered us from, but also during current trials where He is with us and helping us. Remember, He said He would never leave us or forsake us. He will always be with us being we are His children and His people. He also says we are to call upon His name, reaching out to Him in any time of need or just to give Him all the glory and honor due His name. And when He helps us or does anything for us, we should tell our brothers and sisters in Christ so they can rejoice with us and also encourage those who find themselves in similar circumstances.
Next, it tells us that we are to praise and glorify Him. “Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders. Glory in His holy name; Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.” 1 Chronicles 16:9-10. All praise is due Him and we should remember that God is the giver of good things. “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” James 1:17. We should always remember to give Him all glory, praise and thankfulness due Him. And again, we should always be ready to speak of all His wonders and the goodness He gives to us. We should seek Him and be glad that He reveals Himself to us, and we should take these revelations and speak to all we know of His wonders.
And now we come to our focus verse, “Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face continually.” 1 Chronicles 6:11. Our hearts should love Him with such fervency that we are continually dedicated to reaching out to Him and expressing our love to Him. He should be the one we desire to be with at all times. He is so good to us and always has our best in mind, even though we may not see it as best for us. We must strive to know Him better than any one or anything. He loves us more than we can imagine and our hearts should desire to, as the verse says, ‘seek His face continuously’.
And moving forward, “Remember His wonderful deeds which He has done, His marvels and the judgments from His mouth.” 1 Chronicles 16:12. We should always look back and remember all the good things God has done, for us personally or for all His people. Let us take the time to think about all the good He has done and all He has protected us from. As stated above, all good things come from Him and it is always a good thing to look back and see the grace He has bestowed upon us. He is due this and we should recognize them and be grateful.
There are so many things we look for during our lifetime. Some of them are definitely worthwhile, and some we should not be concerned about. But one thing we should always strive for is His presence in our lives, His grace and goodness to us, and we should give Him thanks for all these things. For all He has done for us, He is worthy of far more than we can ever give Him. Seek Him continuously, and I believe you will be blessed far more than you ever have been before.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.