God is, of course, omnipresent—He is everywhere
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”
And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel:
for he said, I have seen God face to face,
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.
Father God we “pray to seek Your face
If my people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves,
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?
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