Quench Our Thirst

As the deer drinks from the creek; We want to drink God, deep draughts of God.

We’re thirsty for God, our living acting on our behalf God.

Jesus stood up and called out in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty,let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said: ‘Streams of living water will flow from within them.'” John 7:37-38

We wonder, “Will we ever make it

Will we ever arrive and drink in God’s presence?

I’m on a diet of tears—tears for breakfast, tears for supper. All day long people, we’re being pestered, They’re mocking us saying: “Where is this God of yours?

In Psalms 42:1-3 we read: We’re panting! We’re hacking in paroxysmal uncontrollable coughing

Our lungs are burning in panting need of You

Our soul is panting after enjoyment and communion

We want to be breathing in our God in Christ.

Our breath is gasping in an insatiable thirst

We feel with each gasp of weak and a vehement desires after You God.

We’re under siege

We’re chased,

It’s the pursuits of Satan

We look to You Jesus who alone has our needed living streams

It’s in God in Christ our soul wants are found ;

Without Him we convulse in tears of our soul’s disappointment.

Deliver the eye of our soul from being lost from You.

Let us know You. Let us experience You.

Let us be intimate with You in adoring worship

Luke, 24:16

But it’s by our tears we call for grace to taste Your spiced wine of the pomegranate. Song, 8:2.

We’re chased by our oppressors

We’re taunted as we climb in breathtaking collapses

We’re On Your hill of the mount Olivet weeping as we climb

2 Sam. 15:30; 16:5–8

You’ve been there through the ages

You make our afflictions sacred by Jesus

We keep in view our Master as we bow, climbing on our knees

We’re crying and sighing for our longed for-loved

Keep us from falling under depressions,

Keep us longing for the renewal of Your divine presence,

Deliver us from struggling with doubts and fears,

Favor us with strength to hold Your ground by faith in our living God.

This drought of oxygen inside

This poor fainting longing for Your streams of life giving air,

We’re hunted by death

We’re instinctively seeking Your streams of life for are scorched flanks

We’re weary, exhausted and persecuted

Our soul pants after You Lord our God.

We’ve been Debarred

We’re parched in this wilderness of breathlessness

All the wells on earth are dry,

We must drink You or we die—

We must have our God or faint.

Our soul, our very self, ur deepest life is You Jesus,

We are insatiable for a sense of Your presence.

As the deer thirsts, so our soul prays, our inner being begs and pleads for You.

slakes our thirst Lord Jesus

Without You our heart heaves,

Without You our chest caves,

Without You our whole frame is convulsed,

We gasp for breath, we pant in aches for You.

Our soul

All our nature,

all our inmost self

“Thirsts.” With intense craving “For God.”

“For the living God.”

For our life giving God

Because He lives,

Because You rose from the dead

Because You’re our perennial fountain of life and light and love,

We come and appear before God

To commune in Your breath

To commune in Your life

To rise in You our all

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Secured from the slippery slope


There are two kinds of meditation There is mindless meditation which is a mental oversight This is a mental relapse a failure in comprehension of true values

There’s mind-full meditation. This is a freeing and fulfilling musing of God’s Word

This is disciplining our thoughts and flooding our hearts with phrases of spiritual truth

When weighted down with wrinkles and worries. When bogged in with the fears and frustrations of the foolish of our cultures. The only thing that can liberate our hearts is Jesus healing truth and His perfect perspective.





Truly God is good to Israel,

Truly, or, more correctly, ONLY, “God is good to Israel.”

He is all we have that is good,

Nothing else is good and better

He gives the best to all of His own,

Yes us, we are His special ones.

Jesus our God can’t act unjustly or unkindly to us; His goodness. to us is beyond dispute; His goodness to us is without lack.


even to such as are of a clean heart

Are we clean in the inward parts

Are we pure in the vital mainspring of action.

Are we sure of what we do know,

Are we molested by those mysterious storms which arise from things which we do not understand.

These cryptic enigmatic and inscrutable things,

Suddenly we’re wondering, are there certainties somewhere?

Our experience has placed some tangible facts within our grasp;

we have to cling to these.

We need prevention from being carried away by hurricanes of infidelity. These come from the wilderness wanderings. These are. like whirlwinds, and can lift the four corners of our house and threaten to overthrow it.

O my God, however perplexed we get, never let us blame and accuse You.

We don’t understand You, but let us never stop believing in you.

You’re good to us as You’ve made us good;

You’re good to us as You’ve renewed our heart

You’re good to us and You’ll never forsake us.



But as for me, my feet were almost gone

Here begins the narrative of a great soul-battle, a spiritual Marathon, a hard and well-fought field of conflicts is being waged,

But here the half-defeated became in the end wholly victorious.

He contrasts Himself with his God who is ever good;

He admits his personal want of good,

He then also compares himself with the clean in heart,

He then goes on to confess his defilement.

The Lord is good to his people, “but as for me,” am I one of them?

Can I expect to share His grace? Yes, I do share it;

But I have acted an unworthy part,

I’m very unlike one who is truly pure in heart.

Errors of heart and head soon affect the conduct.

There is an intimate connection between the heart and the feet.

Asaph could barely stand,

His uprightness was drooping, drifting and then going,

His knees were bowing like a falling wall.

When we doubt the righteousness of God,

When we linger questioning that Our Lord Jesus does everything right

When we distrust the Spirit of Christ’s presence

When we’re uncertain of His purposes in us

Then our own integrity begins to waver and we shiver in fear


my steps had well nigh slipped

Asaph could make no progress in the good road,

His feet ran away from under him like those of a man on a sheet of ice.

He was weakened for all practical action,

He was in great danger of actual sin and of a disgraceful fall.

We have to plead to our Father to watch over our inner person, Our inner waverings and instabilities are fragile. This unnerving can have a forcible effect on our outer character and responses.

Help us Lord to confess our weakness in plain, explicit need.

Phillips shares how he was raised at the seas edge:

“There was a muddy tidal river which flowed through our home town.

When the tide was out vast mudbanks were exposed. As children we could get too close to them, and I can still feel the chill of sheer terror which gripped me as my foot slipped and I felt myself sliding toward a horrible death.…

Fortunately, my foot hit a protruding rock, and I was saved. I learned the wisdom of obedience the hard way.

“My steps had well nigh slipped.”

It is a good idea to think this problem through and then to stay away from the treacherous mudbanks the psalmist describes.”

Our steps had well nigh slipped



For I was envious at the foolish

The foolish is the generic title of all Christ rejectors

The foolish are the ones who twist and muck up everything:

There are fools and there are leaders of fools who are perverted beyond all other fools. We corrupt ourselves in extreme ways when we envy fools.

Some read it, in place of fools “the proud”

These, by their ostentations and pretentiousness, invite envy

They plunge our mind out of gear spiritually,

This is a deadly viral infection with that wasting disease.

This is a pitiful thing for us who will inherit heaven to have to confess

“I was envious,”

But, it’s worse that we say,

“I was envious at the foolish.”

“I was envious at the proud.”

This acknowledgment is really what we can confess daily.


when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

Our eye gets fixed too much on one thing;

We see their present

We forgot their future,

We see their outward display

We overlooked their soul’s discomfort.

Who envies the steers fat when he sees him in the slaughter house?

When we’re afflicted we’re jealous of the Christ rejectors temporary plenty.

As one has noted:

“We never know that we have a grip on Christ, Or that He has a grip on us, as well as when the devil is using all his forces to attract us from Jesus; then you feel the pull of Christ’s right hand”

Extreme afflictions shouldn’t be viewed as punishment, but extreme trials are our opportunity of extraordinary graces.

Archbishop Leighton writes

“God has many sharp-cutting instruments

Our Father has His rough files for the polishing of His jewels;

Those He specially loves, He make the most resplendent,

Those who are precious to Him He has often His tools upon”

“In a factory building there are wheels and gearings,

There are cranks and pulleys, beltings tight or slack–

Some are whirling swiftly, some are turning slowly,

Some are thrusting forward, some are pulling back;

Some are smooth and silent, some are rough and noisy,

Pounding, rattling, clanking, moving with a jerk;

In a wild confusion in a seeming chaos,

Lifting, pushing, driving but they do their work.

From the mightiest lever to the tiniest pinion,

All things move together for the purpose planned;

And behind the working is a mind controlling,

And a force directing, and a guiding hand.

So all things are working for the Lord’s beloved;

Some things might be hurtful if alone they stood;

Some might seem to hinder; some might draw us backward

But they work together and they work for good,

All the thwarted longings, all the stern denials,

All the contradictions, hard to understand.

And the force that holds them, speeds them and retards them,

Stops and starts and guides them–is our Father’s hand.

–Annie Johnson Flint

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For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. 2 Thessalonians 2:7

John Phillips notes

The “mystery of iniquity” is the secret working of lawlessness.

From the beginning, it has been a goal of Satan and his demonic wicked spirits in the heavenlies. to overthrow God’s purposes regarding this planet

The word for “work” here means “to work actively.”

Satan is tireless in his efforts to achieve his plans, but he is up against a major obstacle.

There is One who “hinders and will hinder, until he be taken out of the way.”

The word for “letteth” (hinders) in can be translated “withholds”

Satan encountered God’s restraint when he wanted harm to Job Job 1:6–2:8

There is a Restrainer.

The only One who can restrain Satan and his angels is the Holy Spirit.

The instrument of that restraint, us the mystical body of Christ the church all Christ followers

Nothing can happen, prophetically, until a change occurs and the mighty power that is now restraining Satan and his demonic minions is removed:

He who now hinders will hinder until he be taken out of the way.

As long as the Holy Spirit and all Christ followers remain on earth, the day of grace continues.

As long as it is a day of grace, God won’t pour out His judgments and His wrath on our planet.

The Flood could not come until Noah was safely in the ark.

Fire could not fall from heaven until Lot was safely out of Sodom.

Judgment can’t come until the church is removed from this planet.

The removal means there’s no longer any hinderance to the rapid acceleration of all the twisted wickedness in the world.

The way will be clear for Satan and the Antichrist to take over the world. People will be left to learn for themselves what the world will be like once unrestrained wickedness is given full rein.

The book of Revelation gives us the dread drastic details.

God’s Spirit will no longer restrain the development of the mystery of iniquity,

It’s my theory that there is a progressive lessening of restraint on the debacle of perverse depraved wickedness.

A gradual letting loose of the twisted armies of the Devil.

Once the complete removal all salt and light through Spirit in-dwelt Christ followers all hell will break loose everywhere on everyone.

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Grow through pressure




Hear us when we call, O God of our righteousness:

Lord, we trust that You’re listening

We’re full of doubts and worries

Deepen our confidence in You

You, are our Defender

You, are our Advocate

O Lord, please answer our prayer

O Lord, please be our shield

O Lord, please be our protector

O Lord, please be our provider


You have enlarged us when we are in distress

In pressure and stress You enlarge and enable us

In tight places You give us room

Now we’re in trouble again:

Give us grace! hear us!

Give us a firm confidence in You

Put joy in our heart

Put joy in our mind and life

In the past You’ve helped us out in more than one tight spot

We know O Lord, when we Pray that we transfer the authority

of our problems To You


have mercy on us hear our prayer

Have mercy on us

Please answer our prayer

Have mercy on us again, and again and again O God

and hear our prayer over and over and over!



O you sons of men, how long will you turn our glory into shame?

Give us freedom from insults,

Use others scorn as a blessing

Turn our curses into approvals

Turn our sorrows into joys

Turn our ashes into beauty

Turn our weakness into strength

Turn our shaming into glory

Cause the collapse of all around us to drive us to Your throne of Grace

Give us Your solutions

Give us Your victories

Give us Your provisions in all things

Lead us to the reality of Christ in us

When others put us down let us rest in Your Spirit life within us

We cry after Your grace

Give us freedom from lingering regrets

Give us freedom from raging resentments

Give us freedom from people-pleasing

Enable our response to all the criticizing rabble

Grace us in creatively to put up with any and all scorn

To our enemies we say

How long are you going to drag our good name through the mud?

Stabilize us O Lord


how long will you love vanity

How long will you lust after lies?

Keep us from vanity and lies

How long are you going to cling to a handful of emptiness?

Deliver us from emptiness and vanity


How long are you going to seek after lying? Selah.

Fill us always with truth

How long will you live crazed by illusion?

Deliver us from those crazed by illusion

How long are you going to gorge yourself on a banquet of lies?    

Deliver us from those who feast on lies at the expense of our reputation

Deliver us from all disillusion

Bring us into Your banqueting table and spread a banner of love over us



But know that the Lord has set apart all that are godly for Himself

Make us always feel Your presence

Surround our feelings in Your approving acceptance

Make us sure of this:

We belong to You

We matter to You

We’re clean in Your sight

Give us 3 dimensional clarity in how

You picked us God!

You treasure us Lord Jesus  

Keep us in Your love as we love You with all our heart


the Lord will hear when we call to Him

Give us surround sound sensation in how You listen the split second we call to You

Relax us in the fact that You’ll hear our cry

Lead us in the reality that You’re always involved in every detail of

our life and You’ll rescue us!    

Guide us to Your truth as our moment by moment solution


PS. 4:4-5   

Stand in awe and sin not

Set an angelic sentinel at the entrance to our mind

Put a paddle lock on our mouth

Let us leave our Complaints with You

Keep us from lashing out at others

Deliver us from crass reactions

Deliver us from all sarcastic pressure release impropriety

Deliver us from cheap cynicism

Fill us with gracious expressions

Enable us to praise You constantly

Make our enemies tremble with fear, and turn them from their wicked ways

Radically adjust our thinking

By helping us to realize

it’s not our political enemies

it’s not our community enemies

It’s not the enemies of social depravity

But it’s us.

It’s the enemy within

We’re our worst enemy in our faithlessness

Lead us to rise above the raging battles to the solutions only You can give

Keep us from reacting like Cain with a bludgeoning club

Deliver us from bringing Ishmael’s to birth


commune with your own heart on your bed

Set an Angelic guard around us

Keep us trusting in Your solutions

Keep us depending on Your grace

Keep our mouth shut and prompt our heart do all the talking to You

At night, we use our beds as our own personal think tanks


and be still. Selah.

especially in the night watches

Let us build our case before God in constant communion night and day

We wait for Your verdict

We quietly confess our sins  

We openly rejoice in Your forgiveness


Offer the sacrifices of righteousness

Let me offer You pleasing sacrifices and passionate worship

Then, in the light of dawn, we throw ourselves at Your feet,


and put all your trust in the Lord

Keep us from looking back

Keep us from wishing or longing for what is not

Keep us begging for Your mercy

Keep us aggressive in seeking Your solutions in the face of impossibilities

You are our trustworthy God   

You alone have the specific answers



There be many that say Who will show us any good?

Why is everyone hungry for more?

Prove through our testimony that You Lord provide our daily manna

Prove through Your life more abundant that You are our promised land

Take all the tinsel and fake glitter off the Satanic worldly lies In all the the lustful lifestyles of More, more and More, others seek

Cause a fountain of living waters to flow out of us by Your Spirit

Make us want just more of You

As The godless ask,

What’s real happiness?

Where can I find it?

How much does it cost?”

Make us an exhibition of Spirit filled living


Lord, lift You up the light of Your countenance on us.

Live through our countenance Your smiling face,

Give us the joy of Your presence,

Allow us to be living proof that We have God’s more-than-enough,

Live joy through our old aged ordinariness

Lead us to just smile to ourselves as we bask in the warmth of Your

never-ending love, Lord.




You have put gladness in our heart,   

Show us the abundance of every moment and how to bring You glory in every challenge

Deliver us from shopping spree solutions that drown our sorrows in stuff

Show us through time spent with You we find our source of joy


Prove in musing on Your word that we have more then when the earth dwellers have their corn and their wine increased

That we have more in You Lord Jesus than the wicked gain from winning in the lottery


We will both lay us down in peace and sleep

In our restful spirit of a soul kept by You

At day’s end we’re ready for sound sleep

At night we sleep like a rock peacefully tucked in our own bed


for You, Lord, only make us dwell in safety

For you, God, have put our life back together knowing that we have the best Bodyguard in the world!


Of the many ironies of faith that confuses our thoughts the principle of pressure and resistance is the greatest

In the physical world where we seek our comfort the external pressures of our life are debilitating

When pressure is applied to an object the item becomes





The therapists of our day call these pressures, tension and stress

They tell us this is what causes our worry, our depression, our general imbalance

We seek release from stress by various diversions.  

Anything that calms the inner strain from the surrounding outer stress.  

But the solution is not in diversions but in a person who deals with the root of the issue

In the spiritual world everything is reversed as through pressure You enlarged us

Develop us by faith in You

Deliver us from the fear of pressure destroying us

Lead us to triumph

Keep us from being crushed by Your varied tests and trials

Never let us teeter into tragedy

Ease our inner being by our faith in Jesus

Keep us drawing on Your grace and peace,

Keep us from becoming battered and beaten by the burdens of Life

Give us Spirit inner imbalance

Let us bring our inadequacy to You in exchange for Your adequacy

Spurgeon once said:

I am afraid that all the grace I’ve got

out of my comfortable and easy times

and happy hours might almost lie on

the edge of a penny

But the good that I have received

from my sorrows and pains and

grief’s is altogether incalculable

What do I not owe to the hammer

to the anvil, to the fire to the file?

Affliction is the best bit of furniture

in my house

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What do you do when you are spiritually dry?

Do you ever think, “I want to desire God more,” but for whatever reason, you’re just spiritually dry? The things that you know should thrill your …

What do you do when you are spiritually dry?
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All our prayers are heard, But creation won’t be disturbed;

But the grandest ends will be answered,

But providence won’t be disarranged no not for a single moment.

Spurgeon notes on prayer exclaims:

No leaf will fall earlier from trees, All stars will stay on their courses,

not even a drop of water will trickle more slowly

But all will go on the same Yet our prayer will have effected everything.

Our prayers will speak to the decrees of God

Our prayers will speak to purposes of God,

as they are being daily fulfilled;

And these purposes will all shout to our prayer and cry,

“You are our brother; we are decrees and you a prayer;

but our praying are a decree, as old, as sure, as ancient as they are.”

Our prayers are God’s decrees in another shape.

Our prayers to God are but God’s promises breathed out of living hearts,

and those promises are the decrees,

only put into another form and fashion.

Do not say:

“How can my prayers affect the decrees?”

They cannot, except in so much that our prayers are decrees,

and that as they come out, every prayer that is inspired of the Spirit

in our soul is as omnipotent and eternal as God voicing through us.

Our praying has power over angels; they will fly at our prayers.

Our praying has power over fire and water, and the elements of earth.

Our praying has power to make our voice heard beyond the stars;

where the thunders die out in silence,”

“Our voice will wake the echoes of eternity.

The ear of God Himself will listen,

The hand of God will yield to our will.

He pleads with us to cry,

“Thy will be done, and thy will will be done.

When we plead God’s promises, then our will is God’s will.”

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Beautiful Grandbabbies

Our beautiful, enterprising grand babies

in their creative rickshaw transportation scheme.

Honor and enjoy your Creator while you’re still young,

Before the years take their toll and your vigor wanes,

Before your vision dims and the world blurs

And the winter years keep you close to the fire.

In old age, your body no longer serves you so well.

Muscles slacken, grip weakens, joints stiffen.

The shades are pulled down on the world.

You can’t come and go at will.

Things grind to a halt.

The hum of the household fades away.

You are wakened now by bird-song.

Hikes to the mountains are a thing of the past.

Even a stroll down the road has its terrors.

Your hair turns apple-blossom white,

Adorning a fragile and impotent frail body.

Yes, you’re well on your way to eternal rest,

While your friends make plans for your passing. …

Ecclesiastes 12:1-5 paraphrased

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I’m relaxing in Your hands, GOD,

I’m not going to struggle and chafe.

Examine me, GOD, head to foot,

Check me out with Your tests. I need Your fitness exam

Turn me inside out. Whatever it takes

Don’t let me lose sight of Your love,

let me feel Your embrace

I never want to miss a beat with You

Psalm 26:1-3 Paraphrased

Not my will but Your will

Not my plan but Your plan

Not my way but Your way

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Breathing in Him

I’ve never been a roller coaster guy. The couple of times I’ve gotten into these torture chambers I’ve ended up spewing the contents of my innards and polluting the amusement ride.

The abrupt fluctuations where one moment your cresting and then you trough in jerks that could give a person a closed head brain injury are anguishing psychic traumas.

There are times I feel Jill and I are belted into our own unique ride with unlimited thrills.
Fortunately it’s not a physical roller coaster although there are some details through each day where it feels we’re getting bashed by abrupt fluctuations that are out of our ability to control.

We reach out and try to help and comfort each other
and it’s tricky.
It’s like when you lose your grip on the wheelchair on a steep hill. The results are disastrous.

We need a Psychiatrist. We need a Counselor.
We need a surgeon who can dig out the nasty stuff
with his sharp scalpel.

I know a great Psychiatrist who can reach into our heart and mind and disperse the PTSD with his expert sensitive words.

He can reverse the battle fatigue and restore the stress disorders

I know a counselor can sooth our souls of the tangled
web of hurts and emotional bruises that are raw with pain.

What a privilege to have the one who holds all these titles and achieves supernatural interventions in us every moment of the day

He’s got us on the path of our final healing where we’re
catapulted into His physical presence to mansions above
in a new body that will never again feel loss, decline, sorrow, death or grief.

Now this one never puts us on hold when we call.
His appointment book is open every second as His availability has no limitations.

He’s assured me that He controls every virus, every bacteria, every opportunistic germ, every cancer,
every organ failure.

In fact there’s not a disease or breakdown that He doesn’t
have a special purpose for it.

These interruptions that appear as a traumatic inconvenience are really open opportunities for connecting with our master Psychiatrist and Counselor

He has us in His germ free O. R. for 24×7 microsurgery
as He burns away the gunk and cuts out the cancer.

His ventilator is incredible.
It sucks out the poison gasses of sin and breathes in the filling of His Spirit of love, joy, peace, long suffering and patient endurance.

His mouth to mouth resuscitation brings gifts of His life giving breath into our lives. His luscious fruit is the sweet juice of affection for others, exuberance about everything in our life, and a supernatural serenity with poised composer in the face of trauma.

His breath in us develops a willingness to hang in there when things are going sideways

His breathing in us is exceptional as He brings His life in
us living through us a sense of compassion in our heart

He makes us both salt and light giving us convictions
for a holiness that permeates other people we enjoy
being around.

We find ourselves deeply involved in loyal commitments.
But as He keeps breathing in us His mouth to mouth fragrance we don’t feel a need to force our way on the
life of others.

Instead we’re able to direct our energies wisely and discipline our inconsistencies with His consistent nonfluctuating purposes.

Not only is my wonderful counselor and soul adviser breathing in to us. But, His voice pours in as we open
our mouth to Him.

But His breath also sucks out from us the pollutants.

You know the stuff. This nonsense where we’re trying to get our own way all the time.

He sucks that out:
He sucks out these repetitive habits, these loveless indifferences, the cheap junk; which is an accumulation
of mental and emotional garbage;

He sucks out all the paranoid frenzied grabs for happiness;
all the fake trinket gods; all the neurotic loneliness; and the
moody grumpiness of my brutal temper;

He takes out my impotent attempts to find love in every wrong place and every wrong person;

He restores our divided lives; He resizes our small-minded and lopsided pursuits;

He redirects our vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival;

He corals our uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions;
He replace each of our ugly parodies, the counterfeit burlesque of pharisaical travesties.

All He asks of us is that we open wide our mouth and
He’ll fill it.

He says:

I’m GOD, I am your God, I’m the only real God who rescued
you from doom and continues moment by moment to rescue you and reverse every trauma in you,
I’ll feed you all you need and all satisfy your hungry souls.

He asks us to open our heart and He comes in with the bread of Heaven and the water of life and He’ll live in us with His supernatural amazing presence

He asks us to open our ears and He’ll place His lips on
our ears washing us internally through our listening with His tender voice

He controls every aspect of our being and every opportunistic negative that’s storming all around us.
The destruction of devastating plagues and violence
and perversion are enabled under His rule.

We won’t die a second to soon nor will we live
any longer then we need to.

Our times are in his hands.

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“Your face will I seek” Ps 27:8

God is, of course, omnipresent—He is everywhere

Ps 139:7–12

What does it mean, then, to seek His face

What does it mean, then, to “draw near”

Isn’t He everywhere already? Isn’t He constantly with us?

When we speak to someone, we don’t look at their their kneecaps

we don’t stare at their feet or back, we’re not focused on their stomach.

We address their face.

The face is the target of our occupation

The face is the “relational gate” into a person’s mind and heart.

To seek God’s face isn’t to find a place in space where God is located.

Rather, it’s to have our hearts enabled by God’s Spirit

to sense our Lord’s reality and presence

“The Lord spoke to you face to face out of the fire on the mountain”

Deut 5:4

And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel:

for he said, I have seen God face to face,

Gen 32:30

On this wise you’ll bless the children of Israel, saying to them,

The LORD bless you, and keep you:

The LORD make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you:

The LORD lift up his countenance on you, and give you peace.

And God will put His name on us; and He will bless us.

Num 6:23–27.

Father God we “pray to seek Your face

If my people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves,

and pray,

and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways;

then will I hear from heaven,

and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

2 Chron 7:14

To lose a sense of God’s presence is to lose God’s face

There’s a deep ache in our soul

when we’ve lost sight of the face of the one we love

How long will you forget me, O LORD? for ever?

how long will you hide Your face from me?

Ps 13:1

To seek God’s face is to seek communion with Him,

To seek God’s face is to experience real interaction with God,

To seek God’s face

is to share our feelings our thoughts and our love with Him.

To seek God’s face is to revel in the love of God

To seek God’s face is to know His love shed abroad in our hearts

by His Spirit engulfing us in the tender affection of Christ

Rom. 5:5

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