Randall Caselman

Bella Vista Church of Christ

03/11/2018 P.M.


Earnestly Seeking God

Psalm 63.1-11


Tonight… We continue our thoughts on seeking God…


In 1622… A Spanish ship, Our Lady of Atocha, sailed from the Spanish colonies in the New World back towards Spain. She was laden down with so much gold from the mines in the Americas that it had taken two months to load all of it into the ship!


Just off of what we call the Florida Keys, a storm struck, and the Atocha sunk. For centuries, the vast treasure was hidden somewhere underwater. An American named Mel Fisher was determined to find it. He outfitted a ship; recruited divers; used modern technology to search under the ocean. Fisher crisscrossed the waters off the Florida Keys, beginning in 1969…

• After a year of searching, he found nothing.

• He was determined to continue, but two years went by, and still they did not find it.

• Five years later, no success.

• Ten years… Nothing.

• Fifteen years and countless thousands of dollars later… No Atocha.


But… In 1985… During the 16th year of crisscrossing, searching, diving… They found the ship with its amazing treasure worth multiplied millions of dollars.  In fact… Just one of the rings recovered from the Atocha was valued at $500,000!  Mel Fisher is a great example of what it means to really seek for something.


But here it is… There’s a treasure greater than silver or gold to be found.

This morning… We noted several Scriptures among the eighty plus that speak of SEEKING GOD… Seeking an Intimate… Walking… Talking… Handholding… Relationship with Him through His Son Jesus.


Isaiah 55.6-7 reads… Seek the Lord while He may be found… Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his ways and the unrighteous man his thoughts… And let him return to the Lord… And He will have compassion on him… And abundantly pardon.


Indeed… The greatest treasure to be found is not silver or gold… But the Lord.


Silver and gold… Rings and treasures… Worldly goods… Will never truly satisfy… Plus… One day they will perish…. Along with those who place their trust and confidence in such.

But… The treasure in God will meet our deepest need… And it’s eternal.

So… It is GOD whom we should seek.


Tonight… I want to answer three questions about EARNESTLY seeking God…

What does it mean to seek God?

What does the person look like who seeks God?

How does a person seek God?


We’ll use Psalm 63 as our text… Read it with me from your Worship handout… Beginning with the verse numbered one…  O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water. Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, My lips will praise You. So I will bless You as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth offers praises with joyful lips. When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches, For You have been my help, And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy. My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me. But those who seek my life to destroy it, Will go into the depths of the earth. They will be delivered over to the power of the sword; They will be a prey for foxes. But the king will rejoice in God; Everyone who swears by Him will glory, For the mouths of those who speak lies will be stopped.


Question number one… What does it mean to seek God?


To find the answer… We’re gonna peer into the heart of a man after God’s own heart… Seeking God means to desire an intimate personal relationship with Him.


David says… O God… You are my God.

There is a vast difference between knowing about God and actually knowing God.


We can learn a lot about President Trump.

We can read news articles and books on his life.

We can learn about… His personal habits… Family life… Financial dealings... His politics... His successes and failures.

• But it’s still not the same as knowing him personally…

• Still a long way from a personal intimate relationship…

• A long way from being a close friend.


That’s how it is with God… It’s not enough to know about God.

Seeking Him is spending time with Him… Believing in Him… Trusting Him… Learning His ways… Seeing His heart… Mind… Attitude…Disposition… and Behavior… Seeing how he reacts to life as it happens.


John 17.3 has Jesus saying… Now this is eternal life… That you know the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom He sent.


When we put Isaiah 55.6 and John 17.3 together… We find our introduction to God comes

• When we earnestly seek Him…

• Turn from our wicked ways…

• Our unrighteous thoughts…

• Turn to God in faith… Trusting in Him and His promises through Jesus and His death for us.


Seeking God means desiring more and more and more of Him.

David said… I seek you earnestly…

• My soul thirsts for You…

• My flesh yearns for You.

Verse five… I will not be satisfied until I know the riches of God.

• In Psalm 42.1 He expresses it this way… As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you.


Didn’t David know God?… Sure he did!!… Knew and trusted him from his youth… But he wanted to go deeperHe wanted more and more and more.


Once… A young man ran after Socrates, calling, “Socrates, Socrates… Can I be your disciple? Socrates ignored him and walked out into the water. The man followed him and repeated the question. Socrates turned and without a word grabbed the young man and dunked him under the water and held him down until he knew that he couldn’t take any more. The man came up gasping for air. Socrates replied… When you desire truth as much as you seek air, you can be my disciple.


You see… To seek after God means that there is always more… Because God is an infinite person… Only Heaven… Only eternity… Will allow us time to know Him.


Here it is… When we reach the point that we believe we adequately know God… And have no desire to know Him more… We’re in trouble spiritually… Know anybody like that… sure we do… I think I know some Preachers & Teachers like that… And I no longer want to listen to them preach or teach.


David had walked with God for years… Since His youth… But still earnestly wanted more… So should we!… So should we!


Seeking God means to want him and him alone to fill the vacuum in our life.

This Psalm was written by David when his son Absalom was trying to dethrone him… usurp the kingdom… David was hiding in the Judean wilderness…

He had committed adultery… Committed premeditated murder… So…

• He had left his throne…

• Left his possessions…

• His wives…

Now… What does he want more than anything else?

Lord… Restore my throne… Give me back myfamily… Return my possession and power… No…

• It’s I am seeking You God…

• My soul thirsts for You…

• My flesh yearns for You.

David is saying… God… My relationship with You is the most important thing in all the world to me… Help me… What amazing statements!


Yes… It’s easy to fill our life with things other than God and his righteousness.  They may even be good things… But they’re not God…Only God can satisfy our soul.


People… Family… Friends… Are good… Human relationships are a blessing from God.  But we should not try to fill the vacuum in our lives with people.


Others try to fill their lives with possessions… With a successful and satisfying career. Again… Those things have their place… But they are not meant to satisfy our soul.


On Mars Hill… Paul tells the Areopagus that God has placed in each of us a vacuum that only He can fill… He has placed in us…

• Something that causes us to need Him…

• Search & Seek Him…

• So that we find Him…

For it is in Him that we… Live… Move… and Have our being.


Whether we want to admit it or not… There is a God-made vacuum in each of us that only GOD can fill.


To earnestly seek Him is to acknowledge that factAllowing Him to be the fulfilling factor in our life.


It was Jesus who said… Blessed… Fulfilled… Happy… Is the individual who hungers and thirsts for righteousness… For they shall be filled.


Question number two…

What does the person look like who seeks God?

Seeking God… Placing Him first and foremost in life… Putting God in the center of life gives us a balance and perspective in the crises of life.


Notice four things that characterize the person who seeks the Lord…


One… They have an inner satisfaction…

Verse five… My soul is satisfied…

David is not complacent… But… Satisfied….Content… Even iN crisis.

David’s soul was at rest… Even in the middle of calamity… Even as his son seeks to take his throne… His kingdom rule.


You recall… Paul makes a similar statement while he was in a Roman Prison… I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.


Church… Those who seek and find an intimATE relationship with God can deal with the circumstances life deals out… What a blessing… Amen?


Those who seek also have an inner joy.

Look at verse 5… 7 & 11… My mouth offers praises with joyful lips… In the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy… Vs 11… The king will rejoice in God.


David had a joy not based on circumstances. His whole world was falling apart… But he had the Lord... And so he is found singing and rejoicing in God.

Question… How can we explain that apart from God?... You can’t!!


Those who seek God have an inner stability and strength in crisis.

For You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy. My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me.


God was David’s help. David hid under God’s wing as a baby chick hides for protection under the hen’s wing.  God’s powerful hand upheld and sustained David.  He stayed steady in the storm because he had the inner resource of God’s strength.


Those who earnestly seek God have an inner perspective and balance.

Look at verses 9-11… But those who seek my life to destroy it, will go into the depths of the earth. They will be delivered over to the power of the sword; they will be a prey for jackals But the king will rejoice in God; everyone who swears by Him will glory, for the mouths of those who speak lies will be stopped.


David wasn’t consumed with thoughts of getting even.  As he considered his circumstances… He realized that God will judge fairly.  He knew… As do we that… The wicked will not prevail in the long run… Thus David could commit the situation to the Lord and act with the right perspective and balance. He would rejoice in God… And let God deal with his enemies and vindicate him.


Indeed… When we seek after God… We become a person of strength and stability… A person with inner resources to meet every crisis in life.


Now for our crucial question…

How does a person seek God?


I’m assuming that we already know God personally through Christ.

That we have a relationship with God… That we are his children… Baptized Believers… Desiring to earnestly seek… A deeper… More intimate… Relationship with Him… Ready?


One… We must place love for God in the center of our life.

Verse three… God’s loving-kindness was better to David than life itself.

My soul clings to You… Your right hand upholds me…


The Hebrew word translated clings points to loyalty related to affection.

It’s the same word used in Genesis 2.24, where it says that a man will cleave to his wife.

It’s used to describe Ruth clinging to her mother-in-law.


Seeking after God means keeping our passion for God alive… regardless of the situation or circumstances around us.


Christianity is not just a matter of the head… Butof the heart.


As you think on what God has done for us in Christ, it ought to move us emotionally.  As we reflect on His great love and faithfulness toward us over the years… In spite of our failures… We ought to feel love for Him.


You see… Our job… Outside interests… Time with friends… Even our church involvement… Are all good things... But they shouldn’t come before our love and relationship to and with Him.


Earnestly seeking God is spending time alone with Him.

David said… I shall seek you earnestly… My lips will praise You… I will bless You as long as I live… I will lift up my hands in Your name… My soul clings to You.

David made it a priority to spend time alone with God.


Can I say this… Time in public worship is good… God-required… Has its own blessings… But time alone with God is a must.


I sincerely hope our time with God is not just here in this auditorium… Amen?


If we love God… We’ll make time to spend with Him…

• Time in His Word…

• Time in meditations…

• Time in prayer…

• Time in singing songs of praises…

• Time in expressing our love for Him…

• Time in renewing our… Mind… Heart… and Soul.


Question… Have you set aside some private time with God?... INDEED!... It’s a part of earnestly seeking Him.


Thirdly… We seek God by integrating Him into every arena of life.

God isn’t just a spoke in the wheel… He’s the hub.

God isn’t just a slice of life… Rounding out our other pursuits… God permeates every area.

He must be at the center of every decision we make.

He must be the Lord of every relationship we have.


We must manage our… Family… Education… Time… Money… Business… Entertainment choices… By considering His Word…. Asking what would Jesus do?... What did Jesus do??


God is an integral part of life…Nothing is done without considering how it will affect our relationship with God and His family.


Well… How is it with you and God?

I hope today’s lessons have touched your heart… Caused us to think.


Let me challenge us to… Review our past weekand ask… Did my schedule reflect that I was earnestly seeking God?… Does it show that my relationship with Him was my number one priority


In Psalm 63… The Holy Spirit is telling us that Seeking God is essential!


Tonight… The invitation is for us to earnestly seek a deeper… More intimate relationship with Him as we stand and sing together.