By Marni Montanez
New King James Version
8. When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, LORD, I will seek.”
There is something very tender and heartwarming about an all-powerful God urging us, mere humans to draw close to Him. When God is asking us to seek His face it is His desire for us to learn of Him: His character and His heart. This focus on His face causes us to know who He is instead of what He can give. God yearns for fellowship with us and created mankind for this very purpose. His passion and desire for fellowship is evident when He calls us His children and friends.
Why should God have to ask us to seek His face? He is the one who gave us life and breath and blessed us abundantly. But He does ask us because that is His heart’s longing and our fleshly desires are selfish and self-centered.
If we are willing, God will place His desires within our hearts so that we walk closely with Him. As we do, we are blessed abundantly just by being in His presence.
He calls to our deepest places because He longs for intimacy. God is a God of relationship and calls us into a love encounter with Him.
King David answered this love call with urgency. Nothing hindered their love for one another. There is no question as to the intent of God’s request. It is an open invitation from a Holy God and requires a response that is full of expectancy and desire. It should be exciting to seek God’s face and understand Him better. He gives us this choice so that we see our relationship with Him as free and not like we’re puppets. Our desire for God must be sincere and passionate. There is nothing on this earth more important than seeking God’s face and desiring to know Him intimately. The Creator of the Universe created us to fellowship with Him. His love is simple; His request is simple.........He is saying, “Just be with Me,” that’s all.
Challenge: Seek God’s face. Feed your spirit in the word. Ask Him questions about who He is and ask Him to awaken in you a passionate desire to know Him.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.