Moments in the life of a Pastor

Walking with God

7 The Seeking Face of Prayer

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Psalm 27:4, 7-8

4The one thing I ask of the Lord the thing I seek most is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.

7 Hear me as I pray, O Lord. Be merciful and answer me! 8 My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”

What is it that you seek and are the things that you seek really worth seeking? As we head into the Christmas season I am reminded of the wise men that came seeking the Savior. David sought an intimate relationship with the Lord all the days of his life; this is a constant communion with God. He is not talking about coming to God only when we need something which only produces an on again off again relationship. Jesus said that the eye is the lamp to the body – Matthew 6:21-23 and if the eye is good, the whole body is good. What we open our eyes to is what we open our souls to, this is the “beholding / becoming principle of scripture, we become what we behold. If our eyes behold the things of God, we’ll be transformed; we will develop a growing hunger for God. If we behold evil and perverse things, our souls will be filled with those perversions and will never be satisfied. So people that seek and pursue perversion must continue to find darker and deeper levels of perversion. What we seek becomes what we focus on and there is an intense battle for our focus, our attention and our affections. Because of the power of focus we have to ask “where is our gaze focused, what are we beholding, what are we becoming?”

God calls to our hearts to come and talk, prayer exchanges the stale, emotionless theories about God for the authentic experience of God. David prayed two prayers about where he was gazing…

1. Psalm 119:18 “Open my eyes that I may see wondrous things from Your law”

2. Psalm 119:37 “Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things and revive me in Your way.”

David was saying, “Remove even the things that look harmless or even good to make more room for You in my soul.” What takes up room in your soul? Are you allowing space that could be filled with God to be occupied by lesser things? We often congratulate ourselves that we did not expose ourselves to evil things, without realizing that the “good” things we occupied ourselves with may have kept us from time with God.

David said the one think he sought was to live or dwell in the house of the Lord. The word dwell means to linger, to hang out, it implies that you want to stay there and you feel welcome there! David is saying I like what I have and I want more of it, I want it until I die! David made a lifetime choice this relationship was worth not only seeking but living in every moment of his life. David wanted to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord, to enjoy the presence of God. He understood the value of taking time to enjoy this relationship; too many of us don’t take time to smell the roses. We are in such a hurry to get to/arrive at the destination that we fail to enjoy the journey. We reduce following the Lord to just the fulfillment of certain duties, failing to take the time to enjoy the glory of the Lord. What does that mean? It means meditating on His love for you, about how patient He is with you. Look closely at His mercy and analyze His compassion and care for you. We need to learn the value of what it means to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord. Do you look at Jesus from every conceivable viewpoint? Just as a jeweler will take a diamond and hold it to the light, slowly turning it to enjoy all of its beauty as the light passes through each facet, so we need to carefully consider Jesus. Are you gazing on the beauty of God, contemplating the majesty of God that saturates everything, are you captivated by His glory? He is altogether lovely and we need to take time to enjoy him, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord. Have you experienced the fruit of searching?

David knew that God desired to communicate with him, and David’s desire was to hear the voice of the Lord. One of David’s goals was to inquire of the Lord, and to meditate on his Word and David saw this as a great need in his life. He is the one who said, I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. He also said, I will meditate on your precepts and regard your ways. I shall delight in your statutes, I will not forget your word. For David, God’s Word was invaluable, priceless, more precious than gold. Jesus wants us to hear his voice but do we want to listen? Are His words something worth desiring, something worth seeking after? Are you seeking God for the purpose of knowing Him and not merely seeking the rewards in His hand? God told Abraham, “I am your exceedingly great reward”. Knowing Him is our greatest reward and nothing in this life can truly be enjoyed as it was intended outside of Christ.

As David cried out to God, God answered him and His answer was “Seek my face”, to which David immediately replied, “Lord, I am coming.” This is a call to intimacy, you seek the face of those you are close to and God wants us to get close to Him. What are you seeking today? Comfort? Riches? Popularity? God never asks us to seek any such things. He asks us to seek His face and prayer is the portal.

Will you seek Christ:

27:4 – In the holiness of His sanctuary.

Ps 27:6 – In the attitude of joyful Praise.

Ps 27:7 – In the heart work of Prayer.

Ps 27:11 – In the truth of His Word.

Ps 27:14 – In the quiet confidence of patient trust.

He is calling to your heart “Come and talk with me.” Will your heart respond, “Lord, I am coming?”

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