A.W. Tozer begins his classic book, The Pursuit of God…
Before a sinful man can think a right thought of God, there must have been a work of enlightenment done within him; it may be imperfect, but it is a true work nonetheless, and is the secret cause of all desiring and seeking and praying which may follow.
We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit. No one can come to me, said our Lord, unless the Father who has sent me draws him, and it is by this very prevenient drawing that God takes from us every vestige of credit for the act of coming. The impulse to pursue God originates with God, but the outworking of that impulse is our following hard after Him; and all the time we are pursuing Him we are already in His hand: Thy right hand has upheld me.
The psalmist in Psalm 91 writes…
Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. Psalm 91:1-2 (NLT)
In Tozer’s writing we are reminded that only those who have been enlightened by God can truly know Him. In Psalm 91, we see a picture of someone who knows God. Not just information about Him but has relationship with Him.
Where are you in your knowledge of God? Is your relationship with Him information driven or more than that? Do you pursue and trust Him? Do you have a relationship with Him that gives you a calm, confidence – assurance? If you have trusted Christ as your Savior, you can know God because His Spirit lives within you.
Take some time this week to read Psalm 91. Note the psalmist’s calm, confident assurance in God.
Over the next few weeks, we are going to look at the person of God in our worship services. In the times in which we live, I feel it’s important to talk about who He is and how we can trust and rest in Him. After all, our belief about God is foundational to our relationship with Him.