“May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation say evermore, ‘God is great!’ But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay!” Psalm 70:4-5
The writer of this Psalm clearly believed that those who seek God will not be disappointed in what they find. When they choose to believe Him, to trust Him, to love His salvation, they will come to know that He is real and He is great. And this truth will stand even in the moments when they are at the end of what they can handle—when they are poor and needy, able to do nothing but cry out to their God who is their help and deliverer.
Our God is greater than we can fathom. He is better than our hearts can comprehend. Especially since our hearts have a tendency to hold back out of fear. When we’ve gotten hurt and disappointed by people and circumstances, some things just seem too good to be true. And I think this absolutely can apply to our view of God. Because how can His mercies really be new every morning? How can His faithfulness be so immeasurable that it reaches to the sky? How can His love truly be steadfast and unchanging, never shifting no matter what we do? Is His grace actually sufficient, or will it run out? And is He really able to not only give us our heart’s desire, but “to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20)?
I believe the key to realizing the truth in all of this is seeking God’s face. He wants us to know Him. Personally. Not on a general level, where we think of Him on occasion and simply try to do the right things. But on a level where it impacts our every day. On a level where this is a relationship. Something that roots in our heart and the depths of our soul. So that we don’t just know about Him, but we know Him and His character, how He works in others and how He works in us. He wants us to know that He never changes. So the God who did all of those amazing things recorded in Scripture, the Savior who made the lame walk and the blind see and the dead rise, who enjoyed the company of sinners and rescued those caught in the midst of their sin, is the One who has written our days. The One who has written your days. Each one perfectly designed to show the glory of His grace. We just need to be seeking Him so that our eyes are open to see it. To see that our God is great. To see that there is joy here. There is reason to say “Yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation” (Habakkuk 3:18). We take joy in the God of our salvation because we know who He is. We have seen what He can do, and we believe that He is able to accomplish even what seems impossible.
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father…that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:14-19