Seeking God’s Face 3

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.

Exodus 33:18 Then Moses said, “I pray You, show me Your glory”

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.

If attending a local church would result in hearts that ached for the glory and beauty of God and then the beauty and glory of God appeared in His immediate and felt presence, there may be fewer people attending church and yet there would be more anticipation for those who did gather. If only God would raise up more ministers who ached and longed for the glory of God in their closets as they sought His face, because surely that would be connected with the times that the church gathered God would be sought in the singing, prayer, and preaching. We should long for the time when the meetings of God’s people sounded like Moses as he cried out and prayed for God to show him His glory. Do we really, really want God to come into our meetings? Would we prefer to go by the bulletin and slog through the order or do we want God to come down and for people to earnestly seek Him?

While the above paragraph may sound charismatic to some, I would argue that it is plain and simple what the Bible teaches. We see throughout the Old Testament that the men of God and the true people of God longed and ached in their hearts for the presence of God. We see this in the New Testament as well, though after one gets into the epistles it is different. If the Church is the very body of Christ and Christ is the Head of the Church, then we can see how the Gospel of the glory of God which is the Gospel of Christ is a way of seeking the glory and presence of God in the Church (and churches). The Gospel is the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Christ, so surely we should be able to see how the Gospel is a proclamation of the reign and rule of God through Christ and we are to seek Him and His glory.

The resurrection of Christ declares that He is Lord and He Himself said (before He ascended) in the Great Commission that He would be with His people. The Gospel is a declaration of the risen Lord and as risen why are we not seeking Him and His glory rather than seeking to build buildings and use watered down and distorted messages to get people to pray a prayer to save them rather than proclaim this risen Lord who alone saves? Why are the churches (professing) so man-centered and humanistic rather than centered upon the God of all glory in the risen Savior? We have had an emphasis, and still do in practice, a focus on seeker-sensitive services. Why are we not focused on God-sensitive services? Why don’t we seek the living God to come down and manifest Himself in His presence and glory as the church meets? What else would a true church want if it loves God above all else and loves all things for His sake?

When a local church (professing, or even a true one) does not seek the presence and glory of God in it, then that is a body that is not connected with the head. The Head of the Church will only give the body desires after what is truly good and truly holy and truly best, so the Head of the Church will only give the body desires to see Himself and the glory of the Father as found in Him (Christ). It does not matter whether a professing church says that all of its activity is for the glory of God or not, if it is not truly seeking the immediate and felt presence of God it is an idolatrous group. I say it is an idolatrous group because we are to do all we do out of love for God and if we love God we will seek Him first and in all we do. When a professing church does not seek the presence and glory of God in reality, in all seriousness, that shows that the desires of those people are not coming from Christ the Head of the true Church. The people of God will receive desires for God from God. When a group of people are not truly seeking the glory of God, that shows that they may not be the people of God or He has turned them over to a severe judgment. The true people of God, with Christ as their Head, will seek God as their first love.

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