Seeking God’s face, His character, His will, His beauty and majesty and, yes, what sometimes can only be described as the terror of His presence is something that I feel God has been calling me to do. With that in mind, I love the straightforward simplicity of this verse from Psalm 27:
You have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you,
“Your face, Lord, do I seek.” – verse 8
God says “seek my face”
And David seeks.
Have you ever noticed that God sometimes seems to hide Himself? We’ve all had those times; times when the skies seem to be made of rubber and everything’s dry and lifeless. I think that this happens sometimes because he wants us to seek His face.
Reading down a bit, we come upon the promise in verse 10. I can’t put into words, really, how this struck me. I’ve seen too many people struggling because their mom or dad (or both) has forsaken them. It’s a crime, but it’s one that is part and parcel of our fallen creation. To be outcast, left “outside the camp”, shunned and forsaken is the frequent answer to the deadly mathematics of our sinful natures and this cursed ground.
It’s no accident that God has chosen to reveal Himself as Father. It’s no accident that He represents our salvation as “adoption”.
For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
but the Lord will take me in. – verse 10
Without Jesus we’re orphans and we’re lost, regardless of how secure we look on the outside. But when we seek the Father, He will take us in.