Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart . . .Psalm 119:2,176
I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant, for I do not forget your commandments.
The idea of fervently seeking God and his ways is repeated throughout Psalm 119. Verse 2 sets the stage for the topic, “Blessed are those who . . . Seek him with their whole heart.” It’s a bit surprising to me that the Psalm ends with what seems to be an opposing thought—the psalmist asks God to seek him.
I can’t help but think about playing hide and seek (or as we called it in Canada, “hide-and-go-seek”) as a kid. The excitement of finding the one you’re looking for and then racing him back to home base. And from the other side, wondering how close you are to being discovered by the seeker. Fun times.
Did you ever pick a hiding place so great that the seeker couldn’t find you? And then start to wonder, “Is anyone actually looking for me?” And then discover the seeker had to go home for dinner and you were playing alone?
It’s a horrible feeling to think no one is looking for you.
I love that the psalmist asks God to seek him.
Like the psalmist, I am committed to seeking after God. And like the Psalmist, I recognize that I often get distracted and off course. God knows when I’m no longer seeking Him so I ask, like the psalmist, that at those times, He seek me.