What heart is completely satisfied? The heart that is consumed with longing for the presence of God and seeks Him fervently. David described his own yearning for God by beautifully exclaiming, “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?” Psalm 42:2.
David’s expression of his deep longing reminds me of my dryness. As Christians, what is the root of inconsistency in regards to pursuing God with all that we are? What often plagues each of us in our lack of pursuit of God can be represented in many forms. Sin (pride, drunkenness, gossip, anger, etc.) can keep us from following hard after God, the world and its cravings that pass away can sway our attention or pure laziness can disrupt our good intentions. I could go on.
The problem is, many believers have become perfectly content with hardly knowing Christ at all. AW Tozer said, “We have been snared in the coils of a spurious logic which insists that if we have found Him, we need no more seek Him.” My friends, this is a dangerous lie that many have received, to have “accepted” Christ, but not wholeheartedly seek God.
Paul’s heart cry was, “Everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ” Philipians 3:8. He counted all things invaluable, complete rubbish apart from knowing Christ Jesus.
Undoubtedly, the saved soul thirsts for the presence of the Living God. God desires for us to press on to know Him. It is a life to be enjoyed daily. 1 Chronicles 16:11 says, “Seek the Lord and his strength; seek His presence continually.” So, when should we seek God’s presence? CONTINUALLY. Not interrupted. Steady.
Jeremiah was instructed by God to write to the captives of Babylon, God’s very own people. He promised them that, “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart” Jeremiah 29:11. I love this promise. Is it not true today? When you confess your sins and forsake all to pursue Christ, does He not lavish His presence upon you? When you seek God, you will find Him. Truth.
Another like this, “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you” James 4:7-10. Here within this passage, God gives us specific ways that we can draw closer to His presence.
1. Submit yourself to God: Yield to God’s authority and follow Him. Surrender.
2. Resist the Devil: Do not succumb to Satan’s temptations.
3. Wash your hands and purify your hearts: Repent of any unconfessed sin. Ask God to cleanse you from all impurity (read and pray Psalm 51). Be holy because God is holy.
4. Grieve: Mourn over your sins. Sin pollutes us from the reality of God.
5. Be humble: Kill any pride and recognize your position.
Friend, God is waiting for your response to His presence. My encouragement to you and to myself is to get completely alone with God and draw near to Him. What a wonderful God that we have the underserved privilege to have a relationship with and personally know.
When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, O Lord, I shall seek” Psalm 27:8.
Love the Lord your God with all of your heart. Seek Him continually. Guard your relationship with Him intentionally. Be refreshed and captivated by His presence.