Now the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded. And he went out to meet Asa, and said to him, “Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin. The LORD is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.” 2 Chr 15:1-2
What does it mean for us to be with the LORD? Webster’s says that with is a function word indicating a participant in an action; the object of attention; agreement; combination or accompaniment; on the side of. If we are with the LORD, then we participate in His action. He is already walking in His way, and He invites us to walk with Him, to accompany Him. He has revealed His way of walking in Torah and throughout Scripture. If we are with the LORD, then He is the object of our attention, and other things are not exalted above Him.
If we are with Him, then He is with us. When the LORD is with us, He becomes a participant in our action. He accompanies us on the journey of our life, and He is on our side. We and the things which concern us, become the object of His attention!
What does it mean to seek the LORD? The primitive root in Hebrew has to do with threshing grain: to beat, to tread, to trample with the feet; to tread a place with the feet, so to frequent a place. We walk the same path to a destination, again and again and again. In Torah, His people acknowledge and worship Him with their sacrifices, with thanksgiving, morning and evening, day after day. They assemble together to acknowledge and worship Him, with thanksgiving, every Sabbath, week after week. They assemble together to acknowledge and worship Him, with rejoicing and thanksgiving, every feast day, year after year. We look for His face in our worship, we feed our hearts and minds on His truth, we conform our ways to His ways.
What does it mean for us that the LORD allows us to find Him? The Hebrew root paints the picture of something in a hidden place, which is forced out of hiding by applying pressure, like toothpaste forced out of its tube. The pressure that we apply, is our constant treading of His paths with our feet, day after day, week after week, and year after year. He reveals Himself; and we obtain His presence, His acceptance, His favor, His regard.