Monday, 29 June, 2020
Title: God Speaks to our Hearts
By: Ps Cheng Cheung
Psalm 27: 7-14
Last week, David expressed his heart’s desire, where he asked to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of his life. And the purpose was so that he could gaze upon God’s beauty, and to inquire in his temple. He wanted so much to seek God’s will and guidance and know God better. This was David’s ”pearl of great price.” Like the merchant, David had found that pearl and wanted to forgo everything he had in order to possess it (Matt 13: 45-46). David has tasted and seen that the Lord is good, and now he has an unquenchable hunger for God. Nothing else will do. Everything else is a poor substitute and David knows it.
Friend, have you found your “pearl of great price”? What is it? Have you taken steps to possess it?
He sought God’s face
Verse 7 in NKJV reads ”7 Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice!
Have mercy also upon me and answer me.”
Having read the Psalm to this point, we could be excused for thinking David’s relationship with the Lord was progressing well. We are under the impression that problems were under control. Not true.
In the original, verse 7 is short, broken and reads:
“Hear, O LORD;
with my voice I call;
and answer me.”
David shows us that even he – the one who sought God with such passion – sometimes felt that God did not hear him immediately. He was anxious to be heard.
He sought God in prayer. He was deeply aware that in coming before God, he needed mercy. Prayer is many things – communication, worship, adoration, relationship, making petition – but the overriding posture of prayer is deep obeisance. One needs to throw oneself totally at the feet of Almighty God. We are totally dependent on Him. But it takes humility to admit that we do not have things under control in certain areas. For some, pride keeps them far away from God. Is it a wonder then, that we sometimes feel our prayers do not rise above the ceiling? That God has turned His face from us?
What was David’s response? He called upon God all the more in humility. He besought the Lord; he was desperate and appealed on the back of three “Do Nots”. He told God he believed God’s fatherly compassion and care exceeds that of the closest human bonds, even that of parents – verses 9 and 10.
8 When You said, “Seek My face,”
My heart said to You, “Your face, LORD, I will seek.”
When he reached this point, God revealed a secret to David: God speaks to our hearts, the innermost core of our spiritual beings. Then our hearts speak to us. God does not speak to our rationale because He knows, very often, we will rationalise that thought away. God places the desire in our hearts to seek his face, or to perform certain actions, but we must be determined to follow through. Don’t take that desire for granted. When your heart calls to you to seek God in prayer, rejoice! When your heart calls to you to ask a brother or sister for forgiveness, don’t hesitate! When your heart convicts you to serve God in an area of service, avail yourself!
Brothers and sisters, are you prepared to re-tune your hearts? Listen well to your heart. Be aware when you are at a point of spiritual sensitivity in your life. Don’t dismiss it! Don’t assume that you will be at the same point of receptivity tomorrow. “My heart says of you, ‘Seek his face!’ Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
Prayer for Today
My father in heaven, truly, hallowed be Thy Name.
I pray Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Most of all, I pray Your will be done in my life and that I will not quench the Holy Spirit as His still, clear and gentle voice speaks to my heart. Thank you, Holy Spirit, that You are the perfect gentleman, never intrusive, and never confrontational in overriding my autonomy. Thank You that You respect my individuality.
Thank You, Holy Spirit for Your invisible hand in my life, guiding events for my ultimate spiritual benefit. I believe, Lord; help me my untimely unbelief. Help me understand what David meant when he prayed ” Teach me Your way, O LORD,” and ” Wait, I say, on the LORD!”
In Jesus’ precious Name. Amen.
上周，我们看到大卫表达了他的心愿，他要一辈子住在上帝的殿中。其目的是能瞻仰上帝的荣美，在殿里求问。他渴慕寻求上帝的旨意和指引并想更认识祂。这是大卫「重价的珠子」。 与商人一样，大卫也找到了那颗珍珠，想放弃一切他拥有的(参马13:45-46)。 大卫已尝主恩，知道祂的美善，而现在他对上帝的渴望是难以抑止的。别无他法。大卫晓得其余的都是粗劣的替代品。
他寻求上帝的面： 本篇的第七节是 「耶和华啊，求你垂听我的呼求，求你恩待我，应允我」。或许我们念到此节时会认为大卫与上帝的关系进展良好。一切问题似乎都在掌控之中。实际上，不是的。