• William T. Howe Ph.D.

June 18, 2021

Daily Reading: Psalm 26-31

Psalm 27:8

When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.

In 1423 B.C. Moses preached a message to Israel concerning the Law of God. In fact, the book of Deuteronomy records three of Moses’ sermons to the nation. In the first of this trio of sermons he says this: But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. (Deuteronomy 4:29) About 430 years later King David wrote that when the Lord said “Seek ye my face” he could have been referencing Moses. No one can say conclusively that this is so, but it is the closest statement in the Bible prior to David’s Psalm 27 that can be found. About 23 years later David would once again visit this statement upon the return of the Ark. In I Chronicles 16 his first Psalm was sung which says in verse 11: Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually. Good advice, right?

Seeking the Lord is a sentiment that will meet with little backlash. What could be more innocent than seeking His face, or more comforting than beholding it? Seeking Him is easy to say and even a habit that can be admired. Yet, it is seldom exercised. There are few people that truly seek the Lord and the beauty of His countenance. Perhaps the reason why so few seek Him is the conditions placed on such seeking as found in Proverbs 8:17. I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. Loving Him and seeking Him early are prerequisites for finding Him.

Whenever it was that David heard the Lord’s suggestion to seek His face, the king immediately took it to heart. Upon hearing such a life changing invitation, David’s heart pledged to seek Him. In fact, the countenance of the Lord was vital to the writer of Psalm 42. In verse 5 he praises the Lord for the help of his countenance, then in verse 11 he praises the Lord for the health of my countenance. The help of the Lord’s countenance was instrumental to the health of the psalmist’s countenance.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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