[Papercut Press Publishing] 1998-06-23 - Motives to Seek After God

Psalm 16:8, I have set the Lord always before me …

Romans 3:11 makes a startling claim, "There is none who seeks after God." Surely in the context of the passage this is being said of the natural man who, left to himself, will never seek the Lord. But we are to seek the Lord and there are various reasons why we should do this.

  1. To enjoy God. Everything that has been created serves one ultimate end if it functions as it should. The end in view for everything created is to give glory to God. Mankind and angels have an extra blessing, in that they not only glorify God, they can also enjoy God. Psalm 73:25, "Whom have I in heaven but thee? And there is none on earth that I desire besides thee." Nothing but God can make us happy.

  2. It is our business to seek Him. At the fall of man, in the garden, communion with God was lost. But God has graciously allowed Himself to be found by us again and He invites us to have communion with Him. Amos 5:5, "Seek the Lord and you will live." It is our business to seek Him and to not pursue the Lord earnestly is slighting the mercy of God. He has made Himself available and will we not seek Him? Psalm 81:11, "My people would not listen to My voice, and Israel would have none of Me."

  3. We are sluggish in our spiritual duties. Seeking God refreshes us with a sense and taste of His goodness. New experiences with God each day set us a-new in our walk with Him. Acts 17:27, "That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might grope their way to Him, and indeed, find Him." All our troubles should drive us home to God.

  4. Seeking God is what the Spirit calls us to do. Psalm 27:8, "When You said, you seek My face; my heart said unto You, Your face, Lord, I will seek." God meets with us by the injection of holy thoughts and the inspiration of His grace. We should, like an echo, take hold of this grace.

"Retire often from this vain world, from all its bubbles and empty shadows, and vain amusements, and converse with God alone; and seek effectually for that divine grace and comfort, the least drop of which is worth more than all the riches, gaiety, pleasures, and entertainments of the whole world." Jonathan Edwards

Soli Deo Gloria,