Jan 1, 2017

Seek His Face - The focus for 2017



 Ps 27:8 When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
 As we embark on a new phase of the continuous journey of Life, on this beautiful new year day, one thought resonates in my mind. I can't shake it off. The past years may have been a mixed back, and we do not know what's in store for us in the coming year. The world around, it's becoming more difficult to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ - and we can't do it on our own. We need the strength of the Holy Spirit to make it ! In such a time, the Lord is reminding me to seek His face. He is reminding all of us to seek His face.

Why seek someone who is omnipresent ? Because there are moments when his dealings seem to go to the background. There are times when God seems absent. There are times that He seemingly withdraws. When the Lord told this to David, he didn't argue with God. His "heart" said unto God - Thy face , Lord, will I seek. David was intentional in seeking the Lord's face. His appointments with the Lord was more important to him than the daily running of the country, yea even more than the food he ate. It was a relation of the heart - not a materialistic , transactional dealing with the Lord as many of us are used to. (God is not a genie or an ATM and we'd do well to remember that) David, talking about the people who ascend to Zion (the highest goal of Christian life) says "(Ps 24:6) This [is] the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob."

In (Ps 123:2) the Lord reminds us that it's the servants who always look at the hands of the lord. We who are called apart from a spirit of bondage to a spirit of adoption (whereby we call God Abba Father) are reminded to seek Him, wait for Him & Seek His face.
Behold, as the eyes of servants [look] unto the hand of their masters, [and] as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes [wait] upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us.
Dears, when we look at the lord's hands, we neglect to see the expression of his face when he gives us something that we ask for. As a child of God, let's focus on His face. Let's seek Him. Let's seek His face.
(Ps 34:4-5) I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
David - at a low point in his life - when he acted confounded before the enemy king Abimelech says - I sought the lord. Yes at a time when we are at our lowest - when we've got spittle dribbling and we're acting like a madman, comes a cry out of the very depths of our heart. Just an unspoken cry saying "Lord!!". At such a cry, the Lord stops and does what He is so good at doing. He delivers us from all our fears ! What a mighty God we serve. And David says: They looked to Him and was radiant and their faces weren't ashamed. Moses beheld the Lord for a season and his face was radiant. How much more should ours be when we see the beauty of a better covenant !

Dear child of God, may you always seek His face (not just this year or season, but always) - and may you always enjoy the radiance of His presence ...

Bless you ! Wish you a very blessed year ahead.

Thomas