Psalm 27:8 (ESV)
8 You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.”
Psalm 27 is one of my “go-to Scriptures” whenever I face challenges. I find a lot of instruction and encouragement in this psalm of David. While the entire psalm has great benefit, verse 8 contains dynamic coaching for us whenever we feel tested by our circumstances. But in order for us to be trained by it, we must understand the phrase, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.”
“Seeking God’s face” is more than just coming to Him with our requests. Often, we ask God to intervene in our unfavorable circumstances, without ever “seeking God’s face.” Asking for God’s help is “seeking God’s hand” (which isn’t wrong – unless we fail to also seek His face.) How badly we treat our Heavenly Father when we audaciously burst into His throne room, throw our requests at Him, and then leave. We must learn to first seek God’s face and then seek God’s hand.
To “seek God’s face” is to seek His character, truth, and presence. We rely on God’s Holy Spirit to show us God’s character and presence in our dis-favorable circumstances. We acknowledge how much God loves us, perhaps even rehearsing His faithfulness to us in previous similar circumstances, and we look for ways that He might currently be trying to mold us to be more Christlike. Instead of asking, “Why, God, why?” we ask, instead, “What is Your instruction for me?”
God commands us to seek His face above all. Seek to know His character, truth, and presence through what He has revealed about Himself in His Word, His numerous provisions, and our present circumstances.
God’s Word and character are unchanging. The same is not true about our circumstances.
- Pastor Jim