When Thou said, “Seek ye my face” my heart said, “Thy face, LORD, will I seek.” (Psalm 27:8)
What a glorious day to be ALIVE in Christ! I was so delighted when Naima asked me to write a blog with the topic; “Intimacy with God” As a child raised by an alcoholic dad and a mom who was so young and broken by abuse; intimacy was far, far away from my household. Intimacy meant letting others hurt you. The Lord has promised when your father and your mother forsake you, then He would take you in. At a young age, I heard a voice behind me saying this is the way, walk in it…as it is written, “When Thou said, seek ye my face; my HEART said unto Thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.”
The key word in this verse, “heart” My heart said. Not my mind. Not my knowledge, nor the good or bad experiences of life, but my heart said, “Thy face, Lord, will I seek.” In my heart, I knew there was one who was with me, always. One who was calling me out by name. I pursued Him. I searched for Him through my brokenness, my pain, my addiction, my lust and my sinful pride. A former spiritualist who was searching for truth in a world of lies… I was dead in my sin.
God reveals this deep truth through His prophet Jeremiah, “Am I a God at hand, says the Lord and not a God afar off? Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? Says the Lord. Do not I fill the heaven and earth?" In all the suffering and pain of this world there is a God who is ever present. Have you ever considered that God wants you and I to find Him?
When we call upon Him and we Go and Pray, He will hear us. He challenges us to seek Him and we will find Him, when we search for Him with all our heart. He has promised… “I will be found of you” Have you ever considered that God thinks about you and me? I mean seriously and earnestly think about it, saints. The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth thinks about us! His thoughts toward us are good, His thoughts are peace and not evil, to give us a future and a hope.
Psalm 40:5 “Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works Which You have done; And Your thoughts toward us Cannot be recounted to You in order; If I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.” Psalm 139:17 “How precious also are Thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them!” Not only are we found in the thoughts of God, but did you know that Jesus Christ, our High Priest, ever lives to intercede for you and me. Yes, Jesus prays for us…you can insert a shout, “Hallelujah!!!” Jesus not only knows every sparrow that falls to the ground, He knows every hair upon your head and He is the one who wipes every tear from your eyes. He collects our tears and puts them in His bottle, written in His book…the psalmist writes, “You have recorded my wanderings. You put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book?”
My point being…. God desires intimacy with us! God longs to walk with us in the cool of the day! God called out to Adam, “Where are you?” It’s not that God didn’t know where Adam was hiding, Remember the words spoken to the prophet Jeremiah, “Can any hide himself in secret places that I cannot see him? Do not I fill the heaven and the earth?” But Adam needed to hear and respond to God’s voice…and He calls out to us, “Where are you?” And today, as you read this. Today, as you hear His voice, will you respond to His call of intimacy He desires with you?
We witness throughout the life of King David, he desired intimacy with God. We see through his prayers in the Book of Psalms. David was a man after God's own heart. David desired to please the Lord, although he made many mistakes, as to not be the one who would build the House of the Lord; we see that David desired God's heart. Through his sin, his sorrow, though many wars, through the betrayal of family and friends, King David sought after the heart of God. Not just to please God, but to communion with God from the depths of His soul.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name. David invited the Lord into every aspect of his life. When confronted with his own sin, he took responsibility and embraced the consequences of that sin. As we ponder intimacy with God. What does it look like? How does one even attempt to be intimate with a Holy God? There are many examples within the lives of God’s people in the Bible. And every one of them would teach us about intimacy with God.
Let’s just take a quick peak into Psalm 27. King David writes. “The Lord is my light and my salvation: whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" First step for intimacy; you must know the Lord and who He is. David acknowledge. God is Light. God is salvation. God is strength. We must trust the Lord to be who He promises to be through His written word. Second step for intimacy; we must guard our heart from fear. Fear of man. Fear of self. Fear of failure. Fear of the unknown. Fear of whatever. We must say as David said, “My heart will not fear.”
Third step for intimacy; Our confidence in God. David writes, “In this will I be confident. One thing I desired 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 behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a rock.”
One thing I have wrestled with in life is self-condemnation. The Word of God teaches us that we can assure our hearts before God. For me, it’s not a matter of if, but of when…We are not alone in this struggle, for John writes in his letter that if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart condemns us not, then we have confidence toward God. (1John 3:19-21) King David embraced this truth and applied it to his life. What was His confidence? He desired intimacy with God, He desired to capture Gods heart. He put his trust in God, knowing it is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. David desired Gods presence. He desired to dwell in the House of the Lord, to live in His presence. He longed to see the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple. To communion with the Lord. To talk with Him face to face as a man talks to his friend. David knew the Lord would protect him. Hide him and set him upon a rock, so that he would not be moved. His intimacy with God kept him during the time of trouble. And he had many days of trouble.
It was in the secret place of God’s presence David was hidden, not kept from trouble. David learned to live within the presence of His God. He had confidence knowing the Lord would lift up his head in the midst of his enemies. You and I many not face kings and kingdoms as David did, but we have comparable situations in our daily life. The loss of a child. Betrayal of a friend. Dysfunctional family issues. Struggle with lust. Suffering and death. The list goes on and on. We can learn from David to have confidence and put our trust in the Lord. How did David apply his confidence and trust? He sought after the Lord to dwell and be intimate, desiring to see the beauty of the Lord in every situation.
David cried out to the Lord with His voice. We too, must cry out and lift up our voice to the Lord. He cried for mercy. He asked the Lord to answer Him. Have you ever prayed that prayer? I sure Have. David reminded the Lord of what he had said…. “When you said, Seek my face; my heart said unto You, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.” David asked the Lord not to hid His face from him. Inviting God to intervene in his life. Wanting, desiring the Lord to even interrupt His life if need be. David reminded the Lord, that He had been his help in the past and trusted He would be his help in the present. It’s not that God has to be reminded of who He is, or what He has promised, but for us to speak His Word to Him shows our confidence, and trust in Him. So much so God is aroused and He visits us.
“When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me in. “This world and all its woes can leave us feeling abandon and all alone. Again, David reinforces his confidence and trust in the Lord, that the Lord is the one who will take us in. When the Lord takes you and I unto Himself…which He has through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ we must desire for Him to teach us His way, and lead us. The Lord will deliver us from the battles we face. Deliverance can be, walking through the valley of the shadow of death. It’s going through something as well as being taking out of something.
Forth step for intimacy, we must not lose heart. In the world, we will have hardships, disappointments, suffering, sorrow, and we may never know the answers to our why questions. How did David demonstrate his response to the uncertainty of the world? …” I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. God is a good God and He is able and willing to work all things out for our good…we love Him and He has called us according to His purpose. He desires to be intimate with us.
Fifth step for intimacy, we wait on the Lord and be of good courage. When we have courage and we wait on the Lord, He will strengthen our hearts. It’s in our hearts we will not fear, and within our hearts we will not be afraid. It’s in our hearts we will say, Thy face, O Lord, I will seek. It’s within our hearts, we have confidence toward God. Yes, our hearts need to be strengthened and the Lord is the one to strengthen it! Spend time with Jesus. He waits for you!!!
I leave you with the words of King David. A man after God's own heart. “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord."
“Nothing teaches us about the preciousness of the Creator as much as when we learn the emptiness of everything else.” ― Charles Haddon Spurgeon,
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