Seeking Gods Face 7

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.

The seeking of God’s face means a seeking of His presence. This is rather stunning when one thinks about it, but the Scriptures treats this very seriously. When the Scripture speaks of God turning His face from a person or a nation, those people are under a great judgment. But when God turns His fact to a person or a nation or is said to smile upon a person, there are great blessings. But this points to a great sin of the heart and how it is always wants to seek God for things rather than for the presence of God and to enjoy God. We can see our hearts and how they desire and long for things or even to be righteous by our own works rather than to seek His presence.

We can examine out hearts by the desire of David (from Psalm 27:4). Is our greatest desire (one thing I have asked from the LORD) to dwell in the house of the LORD (be in His holy presence) and to behold His beauty? We can look at our hearts in terms of private worship, being at church, or perhaps Bible studies. The point, as is most likely clear, has to do with what we really desire in the depths of our souls as we do our Bible studies and prayer in private? Why do we attend a local church? Why do we want to be with others in Bible studies? If we don’t desire to be in His presence and to behold His beauty, then what is the desire(s) of our hearts?

It may be the case that we will try to work up these things in the soul in our own strength and power, but when we do we may work up some excitement in the flesh. However, true desires and the true presence of God cannot come to us other than by grace and grace alone. The Lord will not come and dwell in us except by grace and the Lord will not manifest Himself and His beauty other than by grace. We must examine our hearts to see if we really desire His presence and if we really desire to see the beauty of His holiness, but we must also examine ourselves to be sure those desires come from grace and in fact that we seek those things by grace alone. God will not give Himself to those who seek Him for self-centered purposes and to those who seek Him by works, even if those ways are the external things that should be done. We cannot seek Him by the means of grace (as they are called) if we are using them as works to get something from God.

The heart is so deceptive in this manner and way. It will take anything that the Lord gives as a way or means of grace and turn them to be works for grace. The difference is in how broken the heart is from self, pride, and works as a way to seek God. Part of that difference is the chief desire of the heart. The unbroken heart that is lifted up and blinded by pride may deceive itself into thinking that it is using the means of grace and looking to God for grace. But the broken heart will see that while it longs and desires for grace, it will see the unsanctified part of it looking and longing for other things and that it has desires to get grace by its works. The broken heart sees its own sin and longs to be cleansed from this sin and cries out to God against itself that it may have purified desires and purified was of seeking. The broken heart knows that God is glorified by His grace and not by the works of the flesh which include the best of works that man can do. The broken heart sees the grace of God as more beautiful than self-sufficiency and works and so longs to do all it does by the grace of God so that all the glory will be His. We must seek the Lord for one thing and in one way for Himself.

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