Seeking Gods Face 9

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.

While it may appear that what a person needs to do is to seek the Lord with all of his or her heart and soul, there are other things going on here. In one sense the statement, factually stated, is true. In another sense, however, the law was never meant to tell us that we have the ability to do something to find God by our own efforts. The law was given so that we could see our inability to do what God commands. This command to seek the Lord with all of our hearts and souls is meant for us to see our utter inability to do this and to seek the grace of God for forgiveness for our wicked idolatry and also for grace to keep the commands. While we will never keep them perfectly or even close to imperfectly, a slight bit of love for God that is given us by grace is far better than no love in the soul as we perform out external duties thinking that we can please God in our own strength.

God lives in perfect love within the Trinity. He alone loves Himself perfectly at all moments and in all ways. In one sense this great teaching points us to how God is within Himself, but also the fact that we must have Him if we are going to even begin to keep this standard in the slightest degree. This text does not mention the word “grace” even once, but it is saturated with grace when one looks at it in the broader biblical context. What grace God gives in saving sinners who sinned in all they did with no righteousness at all and no true love for God. What grace God gives believers who are enabled to share in His love for Himself and to behold His glory.

The Greatest Commandment is to love God with all of our being, so the passage in Deuteronomy 4:29 (above) is setting out that a person must keep the Greatest Commandment in order to find God. But no one was able to do that in the Old Testament and no one is able to do this but Christ in the New Testament and no one has done this in all of history since Christ. How badly we need Christ, then, if we are to seek the face of God and find Him. We can understand to some degree the perfect love within the Trinity and we can understand to some degree the perfect love that the incarnate Son of God had for His Father. It is the incarnate Son of God who has come to us and has given us a perfect example of how to love God, but the incarnate Son has also suffered and died to take away our sin so that He may dwell in us and work out the life of His love of and for God within us that we may share in that love and so love God.

It is the Lord Jesus Christ who has purchased a people and in doing that He gives us a sight of the face of God. It is the life of Christ in the soul that works in us and is manifested through us so that it is Christ in us that desires and seeks the face of God and yet it is only in Christ that we behold and taste of the presence of God. There is no discovery of the presence of God apart from being drawn by the Father and brought to the Father through Christ. It is only when a soul is united to Christ can a soul truly long to know God and by that life have a heart that will seek God. We will only find God when we seek Him with a whole heart, but we can only do that when we have Christ as our life and as our righteousness.

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