“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.
Look to the Lord and his strength;
seek his face always.” – Psalm 105:1-4
We have so much to praise the Lord for if we just take the time to think about “what He has done” and “all of His wonderful acts”. Elsewhere I have written about how the works of the Lord are “too many to declare“. In this devotional I wanted to focus on verse four.
“Look to the Lord and his strength;
seek his face always.”
Because of all of the wonderful things God has done, because of His faithfulness throughout history and our lives, we can look to the Lord and His strength. Throughout all situations we can–and should–seek His face.
“Remember the wonders he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced” – Psalm 105:5
The Psalmist spends the next forty verses recounting many of the major episodes in Israel’s history and the ways in which the Lord acted, intervened, and directed in His faithfulness. He gives his readers example after example of why we should look to the Lord and why we should praise His name.
This directive, to “Look to the Lord and His strength” and to “seek His face always” is a powerful verse to keep at the forefront of our minds. Whether we are facing a difficult day or it is going fairly well, we should look to the Lord for the strength we need, for His strength. When we remember what God has done we are filled with praise and find His strength and hope to make it through what lies ahead.
The same God that got you through yesterday, is the same God that will get you through today. When we really look to the Lord, we won’t just be scraping by either, we will be proclaiming His name and singing His praise. Some days it might take us forty verses worth of remembering His works to get that song of praise on our lips, but He is faithful.
“Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice”