Ps 105:4: Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face
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
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
3. Make it your number one purpose and priority of each
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
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.