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God's Face Is Holy (Psalm 27:7-8 KJV)

Updated on March 7, 2015
This photo reminds me of a gigantic ear. It hears everyone's prayer. It is an abundant ear which listens intently.
This photo reminds me of a gigantic ear. It hears everyone's prayer. It is an abundant ear which listens intently.

King David quotes the Word spoken to him

"Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When thou saidst, seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek" (Psalm 27:7-8).

What do you envision as an imperative when seeking the face of God, or what is your guide for this magnitude of thought? I know with my womanity, that I can never see the face of God with my natural eyes, nor is it my desire until my flesh is fully redeemed. Still with my spirit and heart I have a perception of what His face looks like, only in spirit. Here is what I see with my spirit; His face shines with excellent and flawless holiness, righteousness and sinlessness.

I envision in His eyes, that they are holy and cannot tolerate or look upon sin. His eyes are full of brilliant and magnificent holiness, and more powerful than the heat of the sun. His ears cannot tolerate the sound of a sin filled heart.

King David captured the essence of this truth in Psalm 66:18 "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:" This is why repentance must be apart of our lives every second of the day; meaning it must be ongoing. Through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, when we regard iniquity in our hearts, we repent and ask for forgiveness in order to move into prayer to a holy God. We must make every effort to align ourselves with His holiness.

King David had his own reason why he was seeking God's face; he was actually invited and told by God in his prayer time to seek His face, and no sooner did he hear it, he responded, yes, Lord, I will do what you told me to do; Seek Your face!

Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, no one can go to the Father except through Him.
Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, no one can go to the Father except through Him.

Jesus is the reason, we can seek God's face

It is only because of the Lord Jesus Christ, that a Holy God can look upon me, and because of the blood He shed for the remission of sin, that I can visualize Him. Have you ever heard the expression, they were as ugly as sin.

Of course, you can’t see sin as it moves around and about causing calamity, but then again you can see the results of it. Nevertheless, you must be able to deduce by now that sin is uglier than ugly. When you see an ugly sight do you stare at it or do you turn your head trying to look elsewhere to alleviate or relieve your eyes in hope of capturing the sight of something much more pleasant? This is what happens to us as well, once we realize how dark and unholy sin is, we don’t want to see it and turning to God to relieve our eyes is the only option we have.

Sin is ugly to God and He can’t tolerate the sight of it. Jesus Christ is the only reason that God the Father can now see us and not sin. The blood that Jesus shed was the price sin cost; yet the wages sin pays will always be death on every level.

Even after the great sacrifice that Jesus made for us, we still are subject to fall short of the glory of God, and what we do as a result is of the utmost importance. To repent is to ask forgiveness of God, when we regard iniquity in our hearts. This is what repenting and turning looks like, we take our eyes off of sin, and we look in God’s direction. We can’t visualize His face, if we can’t see that it is holy.

To endeavor to seek His face, we must first get a revelation of the characteristics and attributes of His face. Holy is the first feature that comes to my mind, I see His holiness. It is His holiness that I cannot embrace without Jesus.

My desire is to face Him and not allow sin to chase me back in the same way it did Adam and Eve, by running away because I failed or have fallen short of His glory, therefore He sees me as I squirm away in disgrace, because of Jesus sin shall not have dominion over us. Rather to ensure that I can face Him when I look up, I acknowledge the blood Jesus shed for the remission of all sin.


He is high and lifted up

Seeking God requires, the lifting of our eyes higher than we can ever naturally focus. Looking to the hills from which comes our help and strength. We are seeking those things that are above. No matter what our shortcomings are, not allowing them to stop us from seeking God. I encourage you take all that you are not, as well as what you believe you are, and surrender all to God. Don’t omit that undone part of yourself, or try to hide it from God, if you are serious about deliverance or healing. It is too heavy for you to carry, give it to Jesus!

(II Peter 2:9) states that, the Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations. You may not know, I may not know, but the Lord knows how.

His holy countenance is complete with glory and sinless perfection, as the sun shining in all of its power would melt and burn up the whole earth; we can’t behold the countenance of God without asking for remission of sin through the blood. Repentance is a spiritual act, God is a Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.

Prior to the development of personal relationships with God, there was also a history of broken-fellowship. Broken fellowship between God and man began in the garden with Adam and Eve. A broken relationship evolved out of this fellowship break.

Let’s go back a bit. God gave a command to Adam and Eve, not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, lest they would die (Spiritually). This type of broken fellowship is the spiritual death that took place. Adam broke fellowship with God, by listening to his wife; His wife broke fellowship with Adam and God, by listening to the serpent. God had previously given man dominion over all the works of His hands,

(Genesis 1:28.) Now, here the serpent was reversing that dominion in a single or should I say double act of disobedience. The serpent was subject to only take orders from Adam, and here he was subtly projecting a lie, and by the power of suggestion and giving an order to the woman to transgress. Who probably should have reported the serpent’s action to God, and her husband. I find a tremendous lesson in this and it is to report everything to God, and that in doing so I desire to seek His face by turning to Him for the resolve.


Read Genesis 1-3

On top of unrealized broken fellowship, when God calls him on it, Adam then blames the woman and subtly blames God as well, he told God, the woman You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree and I did eat. The woman said, the serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. Neither Adam nor Eve confessed eating without placing blame somewhere.

This is a debacle and calamity, that has suspended all of mankind/womankind; and had placed each and every one of us in separation from God, which is broken fellowship with Him. Sin is a barrier between God and man/woman, it is a separator, and it veils us from seeking His face. When Jesus died the temple was rent in twain, and sin no longer could be a separator. Sin had won until Jesus showed up. Jesus spoiled all principalities and powers and openly triumphed over them in it.

When you blame someone else for something you took part in, you are hiding yourself and exposing him or her instead of you. Hiding happens until you realize, that there is nowhere that you can hide from God. These two responses from both the man and the woman can be deciphered and interpreted as, not being responsible for their own actions individually and looking for a scapegoat, it is no wonder they hid. (Read Psalm 139:7-13.) The psalmist received revelation of this truth, and asks whither shall I go from thy spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

Time moves on from the Garden into the Book of Psalms, to one in which the psalmist pours out his heart to God and desires over all to be in rich fellowship with Him. As we see in the prayer in Psalm 27, God gave the psalmist a command, and he reasoned it out within himself, and made a good decision to do what God asked of Him, to seek His face. He employed every effort and came to the conclusion, Lord I will seek Your face. Preceding the responsibility of doing it, there was a request from God, an invitation to seek His face. Ye is personal for you. Will you seek His face? Or are you seeking His face? Prayer helps us in the how we can seek His face, reading the scriptures are another way we look for and seek His face and the Holy Spirit reveals what He looks like and helps us to posture our lives accordingly. The Holy Spirit is leading us into the holiness we will need to behold Him.


Hey There! Let's take a longer and closer look at Psalm 27:7-8

"Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When thou saidst, seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek" (Psalm 27:7-8).

The first word is hear – the Hebrew word for hear is shama pronounced shaw-mah which means to consider, give ear, listen, regard, and make a sound.

The second word is cry – the Hebrew word for cry is qara – pronounced kaw-raw which means to call out, invite, mention, preach, and proclaim.

The third word is voice the Hebrew word for voice is qol - pronounced kole which means to call aloud, to noise, and sing

The fourth word is mercy the Hebrew word for mercy is chanan – pronounced khaw-nan which means kindness to an inferior, to favor by petition, grant graciously, and have pity on.

The fifth word is answer the Hebrew word for answer is anah – pronounced aw-naw which means to heed, pay attention to respond, to begin to speak, and utter.

The sixth word is saidst the Hebrew word for saidst is amar - pronounced aw-mar which means command, declare, demand, desire, require, say, and speak

The seventh word is seek – the Hebrew word for seek is baqash - pronounced baw-kash which means to search out by any method in prayer and worship, to strive for, beseech, desire, enquire, make inquisition, and seek for.

The eighth word is face – the Hebrew word for face is paniyn - pronounced paw-neem which means countenance, favor, honor, presence

My prayer response to this verse is to follow. What is your response to this verse and what does it speak to your spirit? I encourage you to say what is in your heart or what is revealed to your spirit. The psalmist in chapter 27 lets us clearly see that he is replying to what God has said, when thou said, which is an indicator that God said something. It is amazing how these prayers are still prevalent through reading and studying the Scriptures after such a long time. His Word will not return to Him void of accomplishing what it was sent to do.

If we take the meanings of each word from the Hebrew above and form a sentence, our answer back to what God said; it produces a prayer; it would go something like this. These words to follow are what my spirit speaks to God in response to the request in this Psalm, to Seek Ye My Face.


The veil is rent in twain

In summation, the psalmist understood the omnipresence of God, that He is everywhere presence. We would only being fooling ourselves, or making a fool out of ourselves, to think we can elude God’s presence, because He is Jehovah-Shammath (The Lord is present.) Upon the reality that God sees everything, is the certainty that we are exposed, and naked in His sight.

He is El-Roi, the Lord who sees, and with the consciousness of these aspects of His character; we will seek Him seriously and with sobriety. As we have examined, in our study of broken fellowship concerning Adam and Eve; this was a dual break. It entailed broken fellowship with God for Adam and Eve. Neither one of them confided in the other, nor did they trust God enough to tell Him of the suggestions the serpent proposed, which were contrary to the command they received.

We can learn from Adam and Eve. that it is not worth it to hide anything from God, but to take responsibility for our down sittings and shortcomings, and never be willing to blame anyone but ourselves for our own decisions and actions. We must get rid of the devil made me do it concept and man and woman up!

BROKEN FELLOWSHIP IS SEPARATION FROM GOD WHICH VEILS HIS FACE

Let us review some characteristics of broken fellowship.

1) Run away from God, not towards Him.

2) Attempt to avoid and flee His presence.

3) Make a false covering to hide nakedness or sin.

4) Blame everyone else beside yourself.

5) Doesn’t take responsibility for one’s decisions, actions, etc.

All of the attitudes stated above are indicative of broken fellowship, and can break any bond or fellowship in which we desire the outcome to be favorable. These attitudes also stop us from seeking His face. The secret to seeking God’s face is never letting Him see your back, but intentionally purpose to face Him, no matter what the circumstances or wrongs you or I may be guilty of. The realization that fellowship with others is God’s idea can keep it fresh, and new. We didn’t choose God, He chose us, and every successful relationship with Him is built on this foundation. I pronounce successful and abundance in all of your endeavors towards our Holy and Righteous Father.

Let's pray
Let's pray

Pray with me

Heavenly Father, O Adonai, consider, listen and regard me your child and servant, as I call out and pray aloud, I ask that You would favor my petition and be mindful, and graciously grant and respond to my request. When You required and commanded me to search after You by prayer and in worship, to desire and seek for Your favor, countenance, and all the features and expressions which are indicative of Your presence. My emotions will, and even my intellect,was raised, and did agree with Your request, and my heart answers back. Your presence Father, will I move towards, and I will do what You have requested of me, I will seek Your face, and I will find You as I search for You, with all of my heart as Your Word has promised.

Amen

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