NEWSLETTER

July 2014

SEEK HIS FACE CONTINUALLY


 
Ps 105:4: Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face continually.

In His love and wisdom, God has commanded us to seek His “face” continually. Likewise, if we are to seek His “face”, we are commanded to pursue His omnipotent strength. Without the strength of Christ, we cannot sustain the pursuit of His face. There is too much opposing such a steadfast, continuous pursuit.

In Exod 33 and 34, we understand that the disclosure of God’s “face” is not literal. The term “face” is a metaphor for intimacy. No man can see the essence of God, and live. To see the “face” of God is to experience Him personally. It is to behold His glory.

There are perhaps countless attributes of God that make up His glory. In
Exod 33:6, the Lord reveals several of them to Moses. God passes by Moses who is hidden from the “face of God” so that he can see God’s “back” behind the cleft of the rock. Exodus 34:6 – “Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, The LORD, the LORD God, compassion-ate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth.” So to seek God’s face is to hunt after the experience and knowledge of His glorious being.

God commands us to seek His “face continually”. There are no moments
or circumstances in which we are to stop this pursuit. David states in Psalm 27:8, When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.” Here David’s enemies are nearby hunting him down to kill him. He is in harms way. Yet even then obedience to God’s command in Ps 105:4 is David’s priority and purpose – to behold the glory of God. This is the pursuit of God that is unceasing and not circumstantial. Earlier in the Psalm, David declares His single pursuit – “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.

How then do we seek the Lord? Let me suggests four ways:

1. Anticipate the joy/thrill of worshiping God.

The consequence of seeing the “face” of God is Spirit wrought worship. When Moses saw the glory of God he “made haste to bow low toward the earth and worship”, Exodus 34:8. The riveted sensation of the awe of the triune God and an all-encompassing sense of humility in the presence of the exalted One dominates the soul when the face of God is experienced. This is life. It is the abundant life, Jn 10:10, of a parched soul drinking from the living waters of the fountain of life, Jn 4:14

2. Put your faith in the promise implicit in the command to seek His “face”.

Since God has commanded that we seek His “face”, He most certainly will disclose Himself to us in response to our trusting obedience. God has given us His precious and magnificent promises so that by them we might become partakers of His divine nature, 2 Pet 1:3. If we actively trust in God’s promise implicit in the command to seek His “face”, we shall be blessed. Heb 11:6 – “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”

3. Make it your number one purpose and priority of each day.

This is the will of God for your life. It is wise to pursue His face. This is why we have been saved as Jesus states Jn 17:3 - “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” Given the cost of salvation, Christ’s own subjection to the crushing wrath of God on the cross, seeking the face of God must be what God wants us to pursue throughout the day.

Making His face our number one purpose and priority is true wisdom for daily living. Jer 9:23 - Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; 24 but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.

4. Expect spiritual warfare if your determination to seek the “face” of God is steadfast.

James 4:1-10 indicates that the Holy Spirit jealously longs to have control over us. The grand design of the Spirit is to work freely and powerfully within us to shape us into the image of Christ that we might behold and display Christ’s glory resident within us, 2 Cor 3:18.

James 4:1-6 identifies three hostile forces that seek to block the Spirit’s efforts to draw us toward God: 1) the warring opposition of our sin nature; 2) the alluring pull of the world; and 3) the demonic powers of darkness. The powers of darkness do everything possible through the world’s enticement and our stubborn sin nature to stop the pursuit of God’s face.

With this opposition to the Spirit in mind, James 4:7-10 commands us to do four things: 1) submit to God in surrendered obedience; 2) resist the devil so that he flees from us; 3) draw near to God that He might draw near to us; and 4) seek divine cleansing through godly sorrow and humility.

Therefore, if we are to seek the face of Christ, we must engage in intense spiritual warfare both from within and without. There is no way we can be successful in this battle without appropriating through faith the omnipotent strength of our Lord Jesus Christ so that we might stand firm against the evil realm in order to remain resolute in our determination to seek God’s face, Eph 6:10-12.


Pastor Blain


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