On Sunday, our church began a series of services where we’ve set aside several days to seek the Lord. Our pastor (who happens to be my husband and my bff) has called for us to focus on Psalm 51:10:
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”
We’re spending several services devoted to seeking the Lord, asking Him to reveal where our hearts are, asking Him to bring grace for repentance, to renew us, to unite our hearts with His.
If we want to join our hearts with His, Psalm 24 has the prescription for this:
[box]Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?
And who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood and has not sworn deceitfully.
He shall receive a blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
This is the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face . . .” (Psalm 24:3–6)[/box]
Where is your heart today?
You may not be aware of it, but God is involved in your life. He sees you. He knows what you’re facing today, and He cares. He knows what you may be hiding from others. He is intimately aware of your struggles. He desires to speak to you through His Word, to communicate His truth, to give encouragement and guidance. He longs to have fellowship with you, and is gracious enough to bring conviction and grace for repentance in order to be right with Him.
He delights in bringing beauty out of the ashes of broken lives. He is seeking those who will seek Him with their whole heart.
If we desire to seek Him we’ll enter our journey through the doorway of humility. We’ll see ourselves as the needy creatures we are and we’ll bow before Him admitting we need a Redeemer. Repentance will become our lifestyle.
We’ll live daily in light of these truths:
- God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6).
- If we try to hide our sin, hold onto it, cherish and feed it . . . God will close His ears.
- Seeking Him requires an open heart, one that is eager to receive instruction in order to walk in obedience; in order to be conformed to His image; in order to glorify Him.
- Seeking Him means digging into His Word to find out what He desires—to get on the same page with Him. It is listening for His voice as He connects the truth of His Word to the deepest places of the heart by the power of the Spirit.
- Seeking Him stops when I place my agenda above His, when I seek my will before His, when I refuse to obey the hard directives from His Word.
Is there anything standing in the way of you seeking Him today?
Will you join us in seeking God this week? Ask Him to open your eyes to your spiritual condition.
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