By Brooke Holt
“You speak in my heart and say, ‘Seek my face.’ Your face, Lord, will I seek.” Psalm 27:11 (The Psalter, Book of Common Prayer) Psalm 27:8 ESV
What happens when the Lord speaks to your heart and calls you to seek his face? Do you harden your heart? Do you run back to your busyness or to the many distractions of life?
“Seek my face” means looking to the Lord first and foremost. It means making him the absolute priority of your life. Seeking the Lord’s face often requires us to slow down and to look beyond the craziness of our lives.
How do you do that? Often, I need to get still and quiet before the Lord. Sometimes I just need to become aware of my breath – slow it down – I intentionally breathe in the Holy Spirit and ask him to clear away all the blockages and distractions in my life. Breathing allows me to quiet my mind and my heart, to refocus, to recenter, and to put my gaze upon him.
We can seek many things in this life. They are the things of this world: promotions, wealth, athletic or academic success, physical beauty. You know the list because society bombards us with the message that we can never have enough money, success, or beauty. Daily the world strives to compel us to do more, work harder, and sacrifice the things of God for things of this world.
Simultaneously, we hear that quiet voice that beckons us to the Lord, to seek his face, to listen for his voice, and to find our greatest fulfillment and joy in his presence. Whose invitation will you receive today – the worlds or the Lord’s?
How can you better respond to the greatest admonition we could ever receive: “Seek my face,” says the Lord? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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