Thursday, March 4

Seek His face

Scripture: Numbers 7-8, Psalm 27, Matthew 4

Psalm 27:8–10 

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.

Observation

Psalm 27 expresses David’s confidence in the Lord in the midst of fearful circumstances.  He will not be afraid because the Lord is with him.  He needs only to seek God’s face.  What does that mean?

Imagine waiting for someone to arrive at a crowded airport.  You scan the crowd for the face of the one you love and when you see them, you smile and call their name, and run toward them and embrace them.  You seek their face.

Imagine trying to communicate deeply and personally with someone.  You get close.  You want to see their face to read their reaction.  You want to look into their eyes and know what they’re thinking and feeling.  You seek their face.

These are ways we seek someone’s face.  It implies relationship, proximity and closeness, communication and connection, love.

Yesterday, we read the Aaronic blessing that promises God’s face will shine upon us and be turned toward us—more beautiful metaphors of relationship and love.  God promises to turn His face toward us and look with pleasure upon us; our response is to say, “Lord, I will seek your face.”  

Application

How can I seek God’s face today?  This is one way—my daily PBJ is all about seeking His face, drawing near, listening, getting to know Him.  

Other ways: 

  • Build prayer breaks into my schedule, much like the monastic rhythms of old.  Set an alarm, and when it goes off, pause, pray, worship, seek His face.  
  • Play worship music, and when a song speaks to you, sing along and use the music to seek His face.
  • Live with gratitude, and when you recognize a blessing, take a moment to thank the Lord. 
  • Memorize Scripture, and in quiet moments, meditate on it (repeat it and think about it) and use it to direct your attention to the Lord.

Seeking implies effort.  When I lose my keys, I seek them actively until I find them.  Seeking God is no different.

God turns His face toward us; we in turn seek His face.  We make an effort to draw near, experience His grace and goodness and get to know Him.  

Seek His face.

Prayer: My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.