Invitation to Seek His Face

  


   You have said, “Seek my face.”
       My heart says to you,
“Your face, Lord, do I seek.”   (Psalm 27:8)

Sometimes you read something in the Bible and, at least at first glance, you realize it’s going to take some more time, consideration, study, etc., in order to understand what the writer is saying.  Psalm 27:8 is not one of those texts.

It seems simple enough.  The Lord says to David that he is to seek his face, and David says that’s what he’ll do.

Is there a better way to get to know people other than speaking to them, face-to-face?

Think about the heroes of the faith, or great men & women that God has providentially used throughout redemptive history to accomplish great things.  You can learn much about them through biographies and books.  Perhaps there are classes you could take to learn about the founding fathers of the faith, or our country, and listen to people who speak about them as if they knew them personally.  Richard Salmon was my Global Studies teacher in my sophomore year of high school, and the man spoke of Charlemagne like they went to school together.  Dr. Michael Haykin, a seminary professor and friend of mine, speaks of Martin Luther as if he was in Wittenberg when the 95 Theses were nailed to a church door on October 31, 1517.  As thankful as I am for men like these, if I had a choice between sitting under their teaching and sitting with the people of whom they spoke, I’d cut both their classes in a heartbeat in order to meet the men of which they spoke.

We have a healthy church in which God is doing many great things.  Pastor Brad, myself, and anyone who preaches in our pulpits, pour over biblical texts for countless hours leading up to the sermon you hear on Sunday.  The result is, by God’s grace, a preacher who is rightly dividing the Word of truth and God changes hearts, minds & lives as a result.  Sound orthodoxy ought to lead to sound orthopraxy.  By God’s good grace, we are a healthy church.

It’s possible, however, to simultaneously be healthy and imbalanced.  I believe that’s where our church is when it comes to prayer.  I’m convinced that as wonderful as it is to have sound preaching, corporate prayer is not something that is as vibrant in our gatherings, large or small, as it should be.

Bible reading is important.  Don’t stop.  In fact, if you have the opportunity to read more, please do!   However, unlike others that we can only read about, we have the opportunity to read about, hear about, and speak directly to our great Lord & Savior Jesus Christ, through prayer.

This blog post is the first of a few that I hope whets your appetite to grow in this important area as we look forward to our very first corporate prayer meeting on Mon, 02-Feb.  May God be pleased to show us His glory as we seek his face together, collectively, as a church family throughout this calendar year.

You’re invited to seek His face.  It’s my hope & prayer that we’ll collectively respond like David, saying we’ll do just that.


Love in Christ,


Pastor Peter
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