“And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, has not forsaken them that seek thy face.” Psalm 9.10
Have you ever awakened in the morning and thought to yourself, “Boy, it sure feels like God is a million miles away.”? Can I say candidly that it is not God who has moved, but rather something is between us and the God of Creation. I do not mean to sound harsh or judgmental, but God does not “forsake” His children. Ask Daniel while he was in the lion’s den, as David as he was fleeing for his life from King Saul, ask Abraham when he took his son Isaac to the top of Mt. Moriah and was about to plunge a knife into his chest. These Bible characters would quickly agree that in their moment of deepest despair God was there.
The psalmist begins this verse with a simple statement: “they that know thy name will put their trust in thee … ” Knowing His name is not a simple recognition of the name God. Rather it indicates that when one knows something of the character of the God whose name they know, the level of confidence increases dramatically.
But let’s focus for a moment on this last phrase: “for thou, LORD, has not forsaken them that seek thy face.” When was the last time you can remember really seeking the face of God? You wanted to converse with Him about something that was burning in your spirit, or there was a situation that only He could handle.
Do we only seek God’s face when we are unable to solve our problem or handle our own issues? I fear that far too many of God’s children us God as a “last resort” – you know, “I’ve tried everything else, I might as well try God.” Oh dear friend, ponder this for a moment … when you awake tomorrow morning, seek His face with a genuine faith that is willing to risk all to know God has not forsaken you. He HAS NOT and He NEVER WILL forsake you. Just my thoughts …