Seeking Gods Face 12

1 Chro 16:11  Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face continually.

Psalm 11:7  For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; The upright will behold His face.

Psalm 13:1  For the choir director. A Psalm of David. How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?

Psalm 27:8  When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.”

In the Old Testament, people were commanded to seek the face of the Lord. In the first text above, we can see that they were told to do that continually. They were told to seek His face continually, but also to seek His strength. In the modern day, however, I am not sure we know what that means. We know something of it intellectually, but we seem to know nothing of it in a practical sense. What does it means to seek the LORD and His strength? What does it mean to seek His face continually? If we ask those questions of the scholars or those who follow them, we will receive a scholarly answer. Now while that may be helpful in one sense, it may not be helpful in actually seeking the Lord. We must learn what it means to seek the LORD and His strength and to seek His face continually.

Another quite related issue, though, is that people may not even want to seek the LORD once they have some slight idea of what it means. This is for those who know their hearts to some degree. Our hearts are not able to seek the LORD apart from grace given to seek Him for Himself. In the modern day we seem to think that seeking the LORD is to get Him to do things for us. We can see that we should seek the LORD, but we may have no real desire to do so. It is also possible to have a little desire to seek Him and yet understand that we need a greater desire to seek Him. In that case, we would need to seek the LORD for Him to give us the strength of desire to seek His face continually. The heart that loves God with all of his or her being will want to seek the face of the LORD continually, though it will see that it lacks the ability to do so and will ask for the strength of His grace in order to seek Him in truth and love.

The heart that truly desires to seek the LORD will find out that this will take humility and self-denial, but of course true humility and the true denial of self must be the work of Christ in the soul as they cannot be works of self. Self cannot work by any other love or strength than that of self, so self cannot deny the true self though self will try to appear to deny things about self. In order to seek the LORD from the heart, which is a true seeking of Him, there must be true love in the heart and love for God is a gift of God to the humble. The heart that wants to truly seek God, therefore, must seek the LORD for humility and for self to be denied. While self may desire humility in order to obtain things from God or for the self-righteous appearance of it to others or even self, true humility has the idea of being emptied of self. This is grating to the self, but if the soul has some love for God given to it by grace it will long to be delivered from the power of self and the love of self that it may seek the face of God in truth and love.

For a person to truly and earnestly seek the face of the LORD tells us that a person must seek the grace of holiness as God will not dwell with those have no desire to be holy. If one desires to be in the presence of the thrice holy God, that person must seek the LORD for holiness. No one can seek another person in truth as long as s/he is doing the things that the other person hates. The LORD loves holiness and is a thrice holy God. He loves to dwell with the humble and the contrite, but He detests the proud and will not dwell with them.

Seeking the face of the LORD continually means reliance upon grace continually, a looking to Christ continually, a seeking of humility and self-denial continually, and a seeking holiness continually. Seeking the LORD is not a passive thing, but instead is a very active thing. It requires the whole soul and it requires things (self-denial, humility, holiness) that are beyond the powers of the soul, so the soul must seek a state of the soul from the LORD in order to seek His face. It is not comfortable or easy, yet there is really nothing else.

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