Seeking God’s Face 2

Psalm 27:4 One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple.

Deuteronomy 4:29 “But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.

2 Chr 7:14 and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 12:14 He did evil because he did not set his heart to seek the LORD.

Scripture uses the phrase “God’s face” and “face of the Lord” and so on to refer to the presence of God. While it is true that God is everywhere and so in some sense is presence in all places at all times, it is also true that He can remove the favor of His immediate and felt presence as judgment on a people as well as give His presence (only by grace) to those He has worked in to seek His face. In the Old Testament when God is said to turn His face from His people He was turning them over to their enemies and He removed His protection from them. On the other hand, however, when God’s face was turned to His people He blessed them and protected them. It is vital to note that the presence of God comes as grace, yet He can and will turn from people when they refuse to seek Him.

It should also be stated very clearly that the only people who seek God seek Him because He gives them grace to seek Him. It is not that people are rewarded for being good or for being religious, but a true seeking of God only happens when a broken and contrite heart is given to a sinner and that sinner seeks God for grace in order to truly seek Him and to have God turn His face toward that sinner and come to the sinner in an immediate and felt sense of His presence. There is an utter terror in the presence of God at times, yet there is also the joy and delight of being in the presence of One so glorious and so beautiful.

The living God cannot be sought on the basis of religious, morality, or works. When people are so blinded as to think that the presence of God will come to them on the basis of something other than grace, those people are not seeking the presence of the true God. This should be seen with a great deal of clarity when we see that the face of God is seen and/or revealed in Christ. Note this from II Corinthians 4:6 where it says “For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” The glory of God is seen in the face of Christ. We behold the glory of God in and through Christ. There is no having Christ or beholding the glory of God in Christ other than by grace and grace alone. God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble, which should be all the evidence we need. The presence of God is by grace and He will not give His presence to the proud, but only to the humble. The proud will work in the strength of self, but the humble work in the strength of grace to and for His glory.

Many people seem to want God for some other reason than just to love Him and live for His glory. It seems as if in the modern day people want God to give them health, wealth, and eternal security and they want those things with a life of ease. But David, to the contrary, longed to know God in order to be in His presence and simply to behold His beauty. When was the last time you or anyone you knew took time to go and seek God just in order to behold Him in His beauty? When was the last time you were in a conversation or overheard a conversation about how beautiful and desirable God is? There was a song many years ago (a bad one) that spoke of looking for love in all the wrong places. Could it be that people are looking for God in all the wrong places and in all the wrong ways?

When was the last time you went to a church service and your desire in going was simply to be in the presence of God and to behold Him in His glory? Could it be that our so-called services are hated by God when people sing for themselves and praise God only for what He has given them? Could it be that the vast number of people in the modern day attend a professing church in order to obtain a worldly object rather than to seek the living and true God? Could it be that we are far more like the Pharisees than true worshippers of the living God? Maybe, just maybe we must learn to seek the face of God in order to see His beauty in order to worship at all.

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