SEEK YE FIRST written in 1972
Karen Lafferty (1948 – ) always seemed to be coming in second.
She graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a degree in choral music and oboe, and by that time she also played piano, saxophone, and guitar. She entered the Miss New Mexico contest and ended up as first runner-up. Thinking she could climb the ladder in show business, she started singing in bars and clubs in New Orleans. But, as a Christian, she realized this was not the right place for her to be. She was faced with a decision; she was either going to live for Jesus Christ or not.
She renewed her commitment to the Lord and decided to use her talents for Him. But, when she auditioned for Campus Crusade’s music ministry, she was turned down; they didn’t think she was a mature enough Christian. She was crushed; it seemed God was shutting every door… even the doors she thought He would obviously want opened. She decided to give guitar lessons, but only got 3 students – not nearly enough to support herself.
It was the lowest point in her life… and went to a Bible Study. That night, they studied from Matthew 6, and focused on that verse that says, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness.” That night, she went home and began plucking notes on her guitar… until the words and melody for this song came out. She went to bed after that and slept in peace, for the first time in a long time, confident God would do something with this song… and with her.
Read this hymn, and – today – put this song to practice in your life.
Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
and all these things shall be added unto you – Allelu, alleluia!
Ask and it shall be given unto you, seek and you shall find;
knock and the door shall be opened unto you – Allelu, alleluia!
We do not live by bread alone, but by ev’ry word
that proceeds from the mouth of God. Allelu, alleluia!