Seek Ye First – The Story Behind the Song

Have you ever sung the song, “Seek Ye First,” by Karen Lafferty?

Seek ye first the kingdom of God
And His righteousness,
And all these things shall be added unto you,
Allelu, alleluia.
Lyrics by Karen Lafferty, © 1972 Maranatha! Music.

This article by Kim Jackson at Today’s Christian fills you in on the history behind the song. Find out how God used one woman’s overdue rent and a Bible study on Matthew 6 to bring about one of the most well known worship songs of the past three decades.


  1. Barbara says:

    This was a great article. My husband and I are currently researching stories behind songs – what inspired them to be written – and this is one song that has especially been one that has been dear to me (having accepted the Lord in the early ’70s when it was written, and one of the first I learned to play on the guitar). Thank you!

  2. Ray Fowler says:


    I’m glad you enjoyed the article. I have also been singing this song since the 1970’s, and it has a special place in my heart. All the best to you and your husband with your research. Sounds like a fun project!

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