Have you ever prayed for something that you thought went unanswered? What about all the times you prayed and the answers were clear? Perhaps you prayed, and the answer was not something you wanted. Many of us have been there. We rejoice when our prayers are answered the way we like, but when they aren’t, we are disappointed, and sometimes we get discouraged. In those moments, we may question the presence or love of God.
Our verse of the day comes from Psalm 34:4-7
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.”
Sought means that you are done looking. It’s past tense. The psalmist who is David in these passages sought the Lord. The Lord answered David and delivered him from all his fears. Furthermore, God heard David’s cry and saved him from all his troubles.
Notice the text goes from the first person to the third person, back and forth.
The lesson here?
David prayed to the Lord, and the Lord heard him (first person). David is the poor man.
Those (third person) who pray to the Lord will also be heard. They too will be delivered as David was.
Sometimes we pray once for someone or something and then move on. David sought the Lord. To me, that means he was looking. Looking is more than a one-moment occurrence. Looking tells me that David was seeking. Therefore, seeking is purposeful and often takes time.
When we pray about something or someone, we should seek the Lord.
Our prayers are answered. However, it may be yes, no, maybe, or wait. And while we wait for the answer, we should keep seeking the Lord. God is faithful, and he hears our prayers. As the psalmist says, those who fear the Lord will be delivered, and his angels will encamp around them.