Psalms of Honesty and Praise
When you are on a hunting expedition for animals (or shopping on Black Friday) you go where they are. They do not come to you, normally. You even paint your face to look like part of the environment. You wear clothes that blend in with what is around you. Then you hide and wait. You wait and listen. You wait and watch for signs of what you are hunting so that you might capture it. Hunting takes patience, attentive focus and alert readiness so that you can get a glimpse of your prey and maybe “bag” your prize.
Those who are truly on a hunt for God, as David writes, know who God is, know what God can do, are attentive to His actions and alert to His Presence. They go where God is. They sing and celebrate all along the way with “God is mighty!” Hunters of God know He will come to the rescue. They know God saves them. They know God’s Presence is with them.
Psalm 70, The Message
A David Prayer
1-3 God! Please hurry to my rescue!
God, come quickly to my side!
Those who are out to get me—
let them fall all over themselves.
Those who relish my downfall—
send them down a blind alley.
Give them a taste of their own medicine,
those gossips off clucking their tongues.
4 Let those on the hunt for you
sing and celebrate.
Let all who love your saving way
say over and over, “God is mighty!”
5 But I’ve lost it. I’m wasted.
Quick to my side, quick to my rescue!
God, don’t lose a minute.
SOMETHING TO CHEW…
We hunt for God as we are hunted by God. We need to come out of our hiding place into the wide open spaces of God’s love and care. WE are the ones who must be attentive, focused on every sight and sound of God and be alert to where He is at work.
WE need to know and recognize Him. Yes, WE need to be on the “hunt” for God, daily looking and seeing what He does and do that. We need to learn who He wants us to be and be that, singing “God is mighty!” We give all the credit to God!
Yes, this is a different kind of hunt. God sought US out from the beginning. God saved and rescued us. God chose us. God loved us first. God has us in the palm of His hand. He “bagged his prize” when we said yes to Him. Our relationship with God is eternal for those who love God with all their mind, heart and soul. Our relationship is intimate and forever. God-hunters rejoice! God-hunters know peace and live peace.
Are you a God-hunter?
Are you still hiding in the environment of the world hoping you will not be seen by God?
When you see God at work, do you immediately worship and celebrate God?
God knows your name. He knows your heart. You cannot hide from His Presence. So…come out into His wide open spaces of his love, mercy and grace. Walk and talk with Him. See where He is at work. See HOW He works. Rejoice and be glad for another day to watch, wait and then run to God. Say yes to God.
Dear Heavenly Father,
When we hunt for you, you are found easily. When our minds focus on You, we see You around every corner. When we follow You, joy explodes into celebration. When we get tangled up in our own traps or of those set by the evil one, You rescue us. You are God and we are not. I want to be where you are doing what you do…loving others who follow you or need to follow you. Thank you, Lord.
In Jesus Name, Amen