Lenten Devotion: Seeking the “thou” that first sought us

Psalm 53:2

God looks down from heaven on humankind to see if there are any who are wise, who seek after God.

Seeking the “thou” that first sought us

What makes humanity, well human? In other words, what is unique among the history of evolution that distinguishes humans from say a cardinal or a goldfish?

The answer to this seemingly complex query is captured in this brief snippet from Psalm 53. It is humanity’s ability to seek after God. A human is not merely a being who “is there,” but a being who can ask what else is there too.

Humans are not just a construct that God thought up, but a being that can think about God in return. We enact this cosmic singularity of existence in many ways, each equally profound and poignant. When we pray to God is the most obvious way. But every time we give thanks to God. When we are mad at God. When we don’t understand God. Even when we question whether God is there at all, we are enacting this amazing trait of human existence.

Seeking. That’s what you can call this action. That’s what you can call this amazing human ability. And this seeking is what God looks at us and desires. Because when we do this we are becoming what we truly are meant to be. And what we are meant to be is human, no more no less. As we have seen this can take many forms, but whatever the form let it flow forth from our lips. Let us seek the “thou” that first sought us.

Pr. Daniel Joyner Miller