When was the last time God seemed distant in your life because of trial or circumstances you were experiencing? If you feel that God is distant, I can tell you this with absolute certainty: God did not move away from you; you moved away from God!
When You said, “Seek My Face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.” (Psalm 27:8 NKJV)
You may want to reread that unimaginable word of comfort from David’s psalm once again. And then perhaps you should marinate in it for . . . let‘s say . . . the rest of your life!
At first glance, we begin to catch a glimpse of just why God called David “a man after My own heart.” These words, “Your face, Lord, I will seek,” sprang from the vocabulary of a man who was in hot pursuit of God, regardless of the cost or circumstance.
And notice that David said this from the bottom of his heart. David’s heart was beating for nothing less than being in the presence of the Almighty. But don’t miss why! God had given David an “inspired invitation” to seek Him. God has given you and me the same invitation today and every day that follows.
The psalm reveals the God who created all things inviting David into His presence. As transcendent as God is—wholly other, above and beyond all of His creation—He is also immanent: present, personal, and desiring an intimate relationship with His people. David took God’s invitation to intimacy seriously, and he lived a life marked by seeking the presence of God.
You and I must remember that this man after God’s own heart did not seek God perfectly. As much as David loved his God, there were times when he loved other things more. When he should have been leading the army of Israel, he was having an affair with another man’s wife. And if that wasn’t bad enough, he tried to cover up his shameful sin by deliberately ordering the woman’s husband to the front line of a battle so that he would be killed. And yet God still called David “a man after my own heart” (Acts 13:22). How is that possible? Because in this life, walking with God is not about perfection; it’s about direction. David loved God, but he loved Him imperfectly, just like all of us.
In all of our imperfection, Perfection has invited us into daily communion. God doesn’t say, “Seek my face when you are good” or “Seek my face after you get cleaned up” or “Seek my face when you promise to seek nothing smaller than me ever again.” God simply gave David an inspired invitation to seek Him . . . even when he was seeking other stuff he ought not to have been seeking. And that welcoming word is offered to you today.
The next time God seems distant or heaven is silent, remember who moved. God invites you to seek Him in spite of your imperfections. What is your response?
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!