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"Face to Face With God"

Date published: 09/04/2015
Psalm 31:16 “Let Your face shine on Your servant; save me in Your unfailing love.” (NIV)  

    This Psalm was written by David. In everything, David lived to experience God in all His beauty and holiness. Nothing was more important to David than knowing and experiencing God. I can imagine David as a young boy under the stars meditating on Exodus 33:11 (“The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.”) and wondering what it would be like to speak with God face to face and to be His friend. The concept of being God’s friend and conversing face to face should captivate the heart of every follower of Christ!  1 Peter 2:9-10 unfolds why God wants to reveal Himself to you in the most personal of ways, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” (NIV)  

    Imagine a young man looking down the aisle seeing his bride-to-be for the first time, or a young mother beholding her new born baby, or taking in the beauty of the Grand Canyon for the first time. Those experiences would pale to beholding the face of God. Let’s learn how David pursued God to earn him the reputation of a man after God’s own heart:  1) David trusted God.  Psalm 32:10b “The LORD's unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in Him.” (NIV) 2) David continually praised God. Psalm 31:21 “Praise be to the LORD, for He showed His wonderful love to me.” (NIV)  3) David was humble. 2 Samuel 6:21b-22a “I will celebrate before the LORD. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes.” (NIV)  4) David sought righteousness.  Psalm 11:7 “For the LORD is righteous, He loves justice; upright men will see His face.” (NIV) 5) David sought God. Psalm 63:1 “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You, my body longs for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” (NIV)  6) David’s hope was in God.  Psalm 52:9 “I will praise You forever for what You have done; in Your name I will hope, for Your name is good. I will praise You in the presence of Your saints.” (NIV)  7) David was teachable.  Psalm 143:10 “Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; may Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.”(NIV) 8) David loved God’s commands. Psalm 19:9-10 “The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.” (NIV)  9) David was repentant.  Psalm 51:1-2 “Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your unfailing love; according to Your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.” (NIV) 

Psalm 4:6-7 “Let the light of Your face shine upon us, O LORD. You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and wine.” (NIV and NLT) 

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “Satisfaction” and “Deeper With God.” 

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