Lifeline, 1/24/2018

Lifeline 2018 01 24

In Psalm 27:8, the LORD’s tells to David to “Seek My face.” David replies to this directive, “Your face, LORD, I will seek.”

This divine interaction reveals God’s desire for His people to walk in intimacy with Him. In Psalm 24:3-4, in response to the question of who may stand in God’s holy place, it is revealed that only those with clean hands (spiritually not physically), a pure heart, whose soul is not directed toward idolatry, and whose mouth does not swear deceitfully, may enter the presence of the LORD. Then, verse 6 describes those who do this as a generation who seeks God’s face.

There is an invitation to intimacy with Him, but there is also a responsibility on our part. The call to be in the presence of a holy God necessitates a need for us to be holy as well. We are unable to achieve this on our own. That is why Jesus came to earth, lived a sinless life, died for our sins, and rose victoriously... so we could come into God’s presence... so we could walk in intimacy with Him. It is why we were created.

We are invited into His presence. It is the greatest invitation of all. We, first, must come to God in repentance and receive His free gift of salvation. His sacrifice on the Cross has opened the door to intimacy with God and has made us clean by His blood. Then, we cooperate with the work of the Holy Spirit to transform us into holy people, too.

Today, let us respond wholeheartedly to this invitation to “Seek His face!” Let us “draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8a)

Pastor Jeff