Seeking Gods Face 8

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 longing of the heart that loves God is a longing to see and taste of His glory. The problem, however, is that fallen man wants to be able to see and use the glory of God for Himself and to see it when he desires and as he pleases. It is so hard for fallen man to come to the understanding that God shows His glory and enables human beings to taste of His glory by grace alone. Oh how the fallen heart battles with grace at seemingly each point. But even after the mind is enabled to understand to some degree that this comes by grace, it is even harder for the mind to reach the point of understanding that these things come by grace alone. But the next step is even harder, and that is for the soul to realize that understanding that these things come by grace alone is not enough. The soul must bow in utter emptiness of self and poverty of spirit to know that this is the way that is right and good. But even that is still not the last point; the soul must learn to wait on God to receive this as grace.

It must not be just words that cry out to God for Him to show His glory, but this cry must be from the heart. It must not be just the cry of any heart, but it must be a cry from a heart that truly longs to see His glory and it is willing to see His glory on His terms. The terms of God are that sinners are to seek Him and His glory as if it came by grace alone because in fact it only comes on the basis of grace alone. While so many think that they are seeking God and perhaps they are given to the study of the Bible and certain forms of prayer, those things cannot give a person the right to see the glory of God. No one has the right to see His glory and yet it seems so common for people to think that they can do things that will give them the right or title to see His glory. While it is one thing for people to think that they believe in justification by grace alone, it is quite another to really have that as the state of the heart. So in seeing the glory of God it is far easier to give lip service to saying we walk by grace than it is to realize and seek the Lord for all things as if they really come by grace alone.

It is easy enough to have a longing after what we think is God or what we think is a true longing, but a true longing after God and the desire to see His glory can only be worked in us by grace. We cannot work up a true desire or a true love for God out of the strength of self and the flesh, but instead we must seek God for a true desire to seek Him. In order to seek Him with a true desire to see His glory means that the heart must have been humbled and broken from seeking self and the things of self that one might think s/he can have in seeking His glory. A desire to see the glory of God for the sake of obtaining other things, perhaps even the honor of men or larger churches, is despicable and horribly wicked. Yet those wicked reasons are the only ways a human heart can desire God unless God works those things out of it and by grace alone works a true desire for Himself in the soul.

Oh how our hearts must be broken from self, pride, and the world in order to be able to seek the glory of God in truth. How our hearts must be emptied of all those false reasons in order to pray for His glory in truth. Even our prayers are wicked beyond belief if we don’t truly desire His glory and desire His glory for holy reasons. This is why we must be prepared for trials and hard things if we are going to seek His glory in truth because we cannot just get rid of the selfish and proud heart at our mere pleasure and seek Him at the turn of a switch. The heart must be trained by grace in order that it may seek His glory by grace. The heart must learn what it means to seek His glory and His presence and how it must do so, but we must know that this will never be learned apart from a battle to the death with self. Self must be put to death by grace in order that we may seek Him with desires that are given to us by grace. Until we learn what grace really is we will not seek Him truly, but instead for self.

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