When You said, ‘Seek My face,’ my heart said to You, ‘Your face, Lord, I will seek.’” (Psalm 27:8)
The desire of every true believer is to see God face-to-face. That desire for most, is long-buried under a heap of stuff we call life; buried and forgotten. We might catch a glimpse of it every once in a while when we get quiet before God. What if we allowed that longing to the surface? What if we allowed that desire to see Him become larger and larger until it flavored our entire life?
It’s easy as a believer to settle into a “Christian lifestyle” – doing the things that are approved by our group of fellow believers, by saying the accepted words, etc. of those content to have God in their lives even when it appears He has His back to them. Do you feel like that? It explains why there is no real joy. Believers are troubled. Many are discouraged. They pray loudly hoping to be heard.
I understand there is a price to pay for real intimacy with God. It isn’t something to trifle with or dabble in. It will cost my self-life. It will cost who I am. It will cost my ambitions, plans, and wishes.
This is how Margaret Harris expressed it in the song I Will Praise Him: Tho’ the way seems straight and narrow, all I claimed was swept away My ambitions, plans, and wishes, at my feet in ashes lay. Then God’s fire upon the altar of my heart was set aflame
I shall never cease to praise Him, Glory, glory to His name.
What if we blew on that barely glowing ember buried deep in our hearts—that desire to see Him face to face, fanning it into a raging fire?
Prayer – O Most High, touch our hearts with a wound of longing for You that will be with us all our days. Amen