Seeking God’s Face 4

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.

One of the things that is so remarkable about the “worship” or church “services” of the modern day is just how focused on human beings the people are and how God is said to be focused on human beings as well. The Church (and so churches) is to be focused on what God is focused on rather than thinking that God should be focused on what fallen men are in fact focused on. It is quite true that fallen man wants to be comfortable in his fallen nature and wants to think that God feels sorry for him and longs for man to change his mind and commune with Him and do things for God. But instead of that, God is perfectly holy and as such must always have love for Himself and His own glory as His own priority in all things. While some form of justification by grace alone may be taught, that does not mean it is a biblical grace that is taught. The truth that God’s great love is Himself in His triune nature, teaches us about the nature of grace. God’s being set apart from all other things to do all that He does for His own glory also teaches and instructs us about the nature of grace.

When a local church becomes focused and centered upon a God who is focused and centered upon Himself, it is only then that the church will begin to understand something of reverence that is needed for true worship. It seems that many react to the lack of reverence and the presence of profane things in worship by retreating to ritual and/or liturgy. But the Scriptures do not teach that either, but instead the Scriptures teach us to seek God in reverence knowing that all spiritual things come to us by grace. God has not obligated Himself to grant worship to people who use liturgy and say that they are using the means of grace any more than He is obligated to listen to the modern nonsense and childishness (worldliness) in what goes under the name “worship” so often.

David understood something of this when he knew that he must seek these things, but it does not say that he thought he could just waltz into the house of the Lord and behold His beauty. The seeing the beauty of the Lord is a spiritual blessing and comes to the people of God by grace alone. The opening of the eyes to see the beauty of the Lord is a spiritual blessing and can only come to the children of God by grace alone. The believer is to seek the Lord for a sight and a taste of the beauty of God that the believer may be in His holy presence and know that God is God. It is only the humble that receive grace from God and so it is only the humble who will truly seek God for grace in order to behold His beauty.

Humility is necessary for prayer and humility is necessary for study of the Bible (in truth). Humility is necessary for worship and humility is necessary for all spiritual acts and deeds. This idea seems to be missing, but surely it can be seen that a so-called reverence that comes from the flesh and forms of music are contrived. There is no worship apart from reverence and awe and there is no worship that is apart from spirit and truth. This is in line with the basic thought that God and God alone can give us hearts to seek Him and to worship Him and so all that we need to please God must come from God. We can only truly seek the face of God if we love God and want to behold Him in His beauty just because of who He is. We can only seek the face of God if God has worked humility in our hearts. We can only seek the face of God if He gives us grace to do so. We can only seek the face of God if He draws us to Himself. The very act of coming into the presence of God is far beyond the power and ability of a human being. We must seek this by grace or we will not seek it in truth at all.

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