“Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me” (Ps 25:4-5a)…”He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.” (Ps 25:9…”Prove me, O LORD, and try me; test my heart and my mind.” (Ps 26:2) …”proclaiming thanksgiving aloud, and telling all your wondrous deeds.” (Ps 26:7)
Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of (God)…(Ps 24:6)
3 chapters of Psalms; a lot to take in at one time. I chose to try to look at these chapters as a synthesis, trying to find common ground and not pick a single verse (which would have been easy but maybe not as profitable).
What I thought I found were two voices from David—A “passive” voice declaring what God will do for David and an “active” voice—how David was choosing, determining to respond to God. I looked for words or phrases that said “I will..” or “I shall”… or like above “Prove me, test me, try me…”
I rejoice and am grateful for the active consideration, care, mercy, and grace that God provides. I look backwards in time and see His gracious Hand in so many instances—strengthening me, delivering me from danger, providing when I need, holding me in the comfort of His Hand, disciplining me…loving me as only He will.
But as wonderful this is, I don’t want to be a passive man, only receiving, never seeking His Face.
As a Christian, I am faced with a dichotomy: Resting in Him on one side and the other side with active determination seeking Him. Too often I settle for the “rest” or passive existence and I don’t do the active stuff: Growing, deepening, becoming mature, loving His Word, His Precepts, His Laws. I don’t put on the Armor of God (except for the times when I think I am doing active battle against something—we put on that Armor in practice and training as well…) I don’t actively pursue the Fruit of the Spirit. I am resorting to an ill idea that Christian maturity comes from some sort of osmosis effect, a result of being a Christian in a Christian community–resorting to my “ideas” of what Christian conduct should be and not trying to apply the Word of God to change my mind to prove what the Will of God is (see Romans 12).
I want my life to be one of not only rest in Him, but also being like David and the other Psalmists who say: I will seek You, I shall proclaim your Name, I will embrace your Precepts, I will humble myself, I will, I shall, I must…
I want to be part of that “generation who seek Him, seeking the Face of God.” I cannot settle for anything less.
My Lord God. Holy is your Name. Great is your Faithfulness; from generation to generation Your Love, Your Mercy, Your Grace is seen. No matter where we are, no matter what we are doing, your Gracious Presence is there and will always be.
I want to pursue You; I want to live my life purposeful to You. I want to have the same drive David talks about. But I am weak. Please strengthen me, drive my heart to You. This is a prayer you are overjoyed to answer. Help me; empower me to not settle for anything less.