Monday, August 28, 2006

Seeking God's Face

Sunday, at the River City Community Church, Pastor Dan Hill spoke about being God's friend. One of his points was that we should seek God's face. He said the word for "face" is the same as the word used for "presence". We should seek God's presence.

It reminded me of Psalm 4:6 which I studied recently where David prays, "Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord". I thought about seeing God's face and experiencing God's presence in the faces of the people identified in Matthew 25; the hungry, the thirsty, the imprisoned, the strangers. Jesus said what we do for them, we do for Him.

I also listened yesterday to an audio of Keri Wyatt Kent on Midday Connection in which she says that instead of asking "What would Jesus do?" we should ask "What if this was Jesus?" When we get behind someone at the supermarket who is slow, or we interact with someone who seems difficult, we can ask ourselves, "What if this was Jesus?"

We seek God's face when we go into our closet to pray, and also when we see Jesus in the faces of the broken. Psalm 34:18 says the Lord is close to the brokenhearted. When we get near the broken, we get near God. We experience God's presence.
"May the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord."

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