Seeking Gods Face 13

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

Psalm 105:4 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.”

Seeking the face of the LORD is to seek to be in His presence and to bow before Him in contentment and joy. It is to desire Him more than all other things and it is to want to be in His presence apart from wanting Him for other things. It is not just to seek Him on Sunday mornings or at religious gatherings, but it is to seek His presence at all times. This is the standard and certainly it is part of or an aspect of the Great Commandment. We must not diminish the standard and we must inform our hearts and preach to our own hearts that we must not rest satisfied with anything less than the presence of our God.

Religious rituals and holidays can be kept, and all in the name of orthodoxy, yet the heart can be empty and hungry for something more. People can be satisfied in doing religious things and Christian things in a traditional way, but still there is a huge vacuum in their hearts when God is not there. The presence of God brings awe and reverence as opposed to awe and reverence bringing the presence of God. The human soul cannot work up awe and reverence as true awe and reverence is a spiritual activity of a soul in the presence of God. We are to pray for His name to be hallowed (treated with reverence and awe, glorified) and we should pray for that regarding ourselves as individuals and as churches. The local church should be a place where the people of God gather to seek the presence of God as opposed to fulfill the order of the bulletin and to carry out acceptable rituals.

The writer of the Scriptures (given at the top of the page) was thinking of people seeking the LORD with more than just some average (at best) energy whenever the people felt like it. The presence of God must be sought as a first priority. The name of God will not be glorified as long as people are not seeking His presence. It is a sign that people do not love God when the people of God are not seeking His presence. It seems that if you love someone, you want to be in that person’s presence and to be around them. If people love God and His glory, then, they should seek to be in His presence and to seek Him for His glory in order that His name would be glorified.

The Scriptures teach us that we can only have one first love and one true master. It is hard to imagine a person not seeking to have what s/he loved and it is even harder to imagine a person not longing and craving to be in the presence of one s/he loves. When people have private “worship” or devotions, they are either seeking God as their first love of they are seeking Him for some other reason. If they are seeking God as their first love, surely they are seeking His presence as the One they love.

This is surely true of the gathering of the people of God as well. People come to the gathering and they either seek God for Himself and for His presence or they are doing rituals for other reasons, not the least being an effort to gain His approval. In that case, what people call “worship” is not truly worship but is an act of idolatry. The conclusion is obvious, I would think, that God cannot be worshipped unless we are seeking His presence first and foremost. We are told to seek the LORD with all of our hearts, but I cannot see how we are to seek Him unless we are seeking His presence. Oh, LORD, grant us the grace of your presence that we may be instruments of your glory.

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