Wednesday, 24 June 2020
Title: Seek God’s Face
Author: Pastor Wallace Ong
3 Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in His holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. 5 He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation. 6 Such is the generation of those who seek Him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah
Do we long to ascend the hill of the Lord? Do we fancy standing in His holy place? Do we want to receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of our salvation? Some of us may want all of that, but others only want God’s help, His blessings, and God to answer their prayers. What about to be someone who has clean hand and a pure heart that does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully? Well, that would be good-to-have but too hard-to-do!
Psalmist in Psalm 24 told us to be the generation who seek God, not only seek Him but have an intimate relationship with Him – seek His face. Like David in Psalm 27:4 declared, “One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in His temple.” In the midst of being surrounded by armies of enemies wanting to take His life, David sought to dwell in the house of the Lord and gazed upon the beauty of the Lord.
Many of us would want to have immediate help to resolve our problems and get rid of the challenges. However, in this fallen world, we will always have problems and challenges, hence it is important that we have a place of rest and security in helping us to recuperate ourselves. For example, after a tiring workday when we encounter many problems and challenges, we look forward to going home to be with our family, to have a hot home cook meal, to be greeted by the smiley faces of our children, and to be surrounded by people who love and care for us. Our family is where we find rest, peace, security, comfort, and joy. It is the ‘safe sanctuary’ for us to regain and recharge our emotional, mental and physical strength.
Do we have this kind of intimacy with our Father in Heaven? Do we long to be in His presence? When we have such intimacy with God, we will have a TRUE resting place for ourselves. We will have peace in our heart. When we put our trust in God, we will seek His wisdom and solve our daily problems with godly approach. We will relate with people around us with God’s grace and love, and not take matters into our own hands and react recklessly.
There is a simple common phrase, “Hurt people hurt people.” People who have been hurt in life often respond by striking out and hurt people who are around them. Conversely, when we have found love, peace, rest, joy, and security in Christ by having an intimate relationship with Him, we will become the person as depicted in Psalm 24:3-5 “Ascend the hill of the Lord, stand in His holy place, with a clean hand and pure heart receive blessing and righteousness from God, and become the generation that seek God”. We will be like David – the man who is after God’s heart.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for your mercy and grace to redeem us by the blood of Christ. You have loved us so much, that it is beyond our comprehension. O Lord, help us to love you in return and to want to be close to you each day. Teach us to desire for you and to seek your face daily. When we are weak and wander away from you, bring us back to you, O Mighty God. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
有一个简单的语录，“受伤害的人会伤害别人”。生活中受到伤害的人通常会以打击并伤害周围的人来做出反应。相反，当我们通过与基督的亲密关系在基督里找到爱、平安、安息、喜乐和安全时，我们将成为诗篇24：3-5所描绘的人： “就是手洁心清，不向虚妄，起誓不怀诡诈的人。他必蒙耶和华赐福，又蒙救他的神使他成义。” 我们就能够像大卫—— 成为一个合神心意的人。