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Seek His Face

Psalms 27 | 7 Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. 8 My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek. 9 Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Savior. 10 Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me. 11 Teach me your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors. 12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations. 13 I remain confident of this; I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

0. Our Voices

On Sunday, we gather together. It makes us happy. Many are talking, singing, and working everywhere. It seems good. Yes, it is good.

However, life is tough. It’s not always good. It’s not always happy. It’s never going to be perfect. In our everyday lives, we struggle with our days.

Even some of you, just after this service, might cry out to God. “Lord, hear my voice!”, “Why did this happen to me?”, “Are you there?”

In these circumstances, seeking our God, how do we come to Him? Let’s look at the Bible.

 

1. Face

7 Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. 8 My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.

First of all, we must face Him. It seems quite obvious. Who doesn’t face Him? But I’m saying that we must face Him literally.

Face to face. He wants us to stay focused on Him. Truly and deeply.

Some might say, “I don’t have much time to pray. But I pray all day in my heart.”, “You know what? My whole life is my prayer.” Well done. That is not wrong. But we’ve got to know that God wants more than that.

Look at many people in the Bible. Did they murmured to God during working hours? Did they pray to God in marketplaces? No. They always moved toward God face to face.

Jesus said, “When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father.” We better stay close to our Father when we pray.

I wish we all could seek God, standing face to face.

 

2. Hold

9 Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Savior. 10 Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me. 11 Teach me your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors. 12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations.

Some of you might think, ‘Are you serious? Who doesn’t hold on to God?’

We are all desperate. we are all longing for God. Who doesn’t hold on to God?

However, here is my question. “Does God never leave us? Does He never reject us?” The answer is, “Yes, He does.” He does reject us when we don’t hold on to Him.

Do you remember Saul, the first king of Israel? The Bible says that he was ‘the chosen one,’ and ‘loved by all the people.’ But when king Saul left God, God rejected Saul.

1 Samuel 16 | Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul …

So we have to hold on to Him, with fear of being rejected. I wish you could hold on to God so that the Spirit of the Lord is with us forever.

 

3. Wait

13 I remain confident of this; I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

Wait for the Lord.

Some say that we have to preach the gospel as fast as we can. And they are eager to preach the gospel. They put everything away and move out to preach.

You might think it seems good, but it isn’t. Because they’ve lost the ‘living God.’ God is with us. He loves us and wants us to love Him. This relationship is the most important part of our life. They made this relationship meaningless and just follow their only purpose; preaching the gospel.

Do not go before God. God is still waiting. He never completes His will in a moment. We have to wait in confidence.

No wait, no time.

No wait, no event.

No wait, no life.

No wait, no God.

 

Summary

In our everyday lives, we seek God. However, it’s not always easy to reach Him.

  1. Seek God face to face. Stay focused on Him and pray in secret.
  2. Hold on to God desperately. The Spirit of the Lord could leave us.
  3. Wait for the Lord. No wait, no life. No wait, no God.

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