Psalm 27:7-8 (AMP)
7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; Be gracious and compassionate to me and answer me.
8 When You said, “Seek My face [in prayer, require My presence as your greatest need],” my heart said to You,
“Your face, O Lord, I will seek [on the authority of Your word].”
What a privilege to share scriptures that impacts my heart. Isn’t that what scripture ought to do? It ought to jump into our hearts, swell within us, change the beat of it, and create a newness that pumps into our entire being.
This week lets jump into Psalm 27:7-8. By the way, all Psalm 27 is a phenomenal read but these two verses really leaped out at me. Let me take a moment to express why my utter joy from these two verses.
To begin with look at what the psalmist is doing, he is making a demand. He is calling forth the attention he seeks when he says “ Hear”. Who is he expecting to hear him? Well, the answer is right in the text when he states “O Lord” so he is not addressing just anybody but the Lord strong and mighty, the King of glory. This makes me reflect on how I address the Lord, who is strong and mighty, do I do it with assurance or do I shrink back? One signifies trust the other the exact opposite.
Then there is the crying out, with ‘my voice.” I have to pay attention what to is being displayed …confidence to speak. There is no shame or any questioning of being worthy enough to cry out to the Lord. Absolute boldness in the Lord is what is being displayed loud and clear. Also, a demonstration of transparency has arisen by trusting in the grace of God to intervene on behalf of the one crying out. The psalmist expects compassion to be the answer received. God is not an absentee God, He is present in the times of trouble.
Now we come to what I love in that the psalmist mentions God’s request to him ” You Said“, God actually speaks to us and has requests of us. God wants us to seek His face. He wants a personal relationship with us more than anything. This encourages me as I’m sure it did the psalmist to seek God with His whole heart. I must allow God access to those hidden deep places that I often shield from Him. My heart cries “Your face O Lord I shall seek.”
My sincerest desire is that my enthusiasm for these scriptures will rub off on you and help you to cry out to the Lord with confidence and trust in His compassion as you seek His face.