August 04, 2018
When you said, ""Seek My face,"" my heart said to You, ""Your face, O Lord, I shall seek."" Do not hide your face from me ..."" (Psalm 27:8-9)
If we are to know God deeply, we must humbly realize that He is the initiator of intimacy. It is not man that first pursues, but God.
Scan your Bible. You will notice the relentless pursuit of man by none other than God Himself. He is calling, inviting, speaking to man. Even the heavens are daily declaring invitations to us, beckoning us to enjoy His glory.
THE ULTIMATE INITIATION
The greatest proof of this, of course, is that He intentionally sent His Son. In Him, God's Word became flesh and ""dwelt among us that we could behold His glory"" (John 1:24). He was sent for one reason: that we might be rejoined to God in personal relationship and be eternally satisfied and useful to Him.
In David, we find a man who is willing to cooperate with God in His pursuit. When he hears God's call to seek Him, he says, ""Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.""
This immediate cooperation happened because David understood the value of intimacy with God. He had experienced it and the taste was underneath his tongue … a taste that compared to nothing else. Earlier in this Psalm he shares the one thing that he now desires supremely:
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. (Psalm 27:4).
THE GREATEST TRAGEDY
... of course, is when God is pursuing, but we are not cooperating. Preoccupied with the small, unsatisfying, passing morsels of the world around us, we miss the feast because of our shortsightedness and misplaced values.
PAUSE AND REALIZE
... that God is inviting you to seek His face! What a miracle! What a privilege! What a gateway to all that matters and lasts.
And then, do whatever is necessary to take the time to pursue Him. Adamantly and continually resist all that dulls your spiritual sensitivity. Resists the devil's deceptions to substitute gods. Increase your time in this pursuit. Read His Word; fast and pray and spend time with His people. Wait on the Lord until your spiritual eyes clear and you see Him before you, reaching His arms to embrace you.
The reward will be a connection with the Divine that will satisfy your heart's longing as no other. In fact, you will discover that this is what your soul has always longed for. This is why you were made. And as you seek Him, you will discover an inexhaustible treasure. He will become—as He should—your greatest delight.
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January 22, 2020
The omnipresence of God is a reality (that God is everywhere all the time). “Where can I go from Thy Spirit?” David said (Psalm 139). And, since the coming of Christ and Pentecost, which was the sending of His indwelling Spirit to all who believe, the true follower of Christ is assured that Christ will never leave them nor forsake them personally. Once the Spirit comes to reside in the believing heart, He is there permanently.
But, it is possible to have our head turned by the world, the flesh, and the devil. We can quench and grieve the Spirit who lives within us. We can ignore Him or resist His leadership. If we do so, we will lose the conscious awareness of His presence. We will begin to operate on our own, not walking by the Spirit, and the results are always disastrous. We get what our humanity brings. Like an unseen guest standing in the shadows, He is still present, but not prominent.
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