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December 4, 2021 7:00 pm
“When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek” (Psalm 27:8).
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Your local radio station. Our firstname.lastname@example.org and the Baptist Bible I were podcast we continue today with the message entitled the need of seeking God. Text is Psalm 27 verse eight. When thou set us seeking my face. My heart set under the five things the Lord will I seek.
Can we all say that with the psalmist today that I've faced Lord, will I seek short if we recognize our own weakness and unworthiness.
We know how it worked many years to be seeking the Lord continually and I pray that the message that they will be an encouragement to you to do just that. Sometimes that's difficult but take our burden to them.
We know his promise that he says he cares for us and yet we somehow picked the burden back and continue to carry it. Put your work upon him cash fiber upon the Lord, then Psalm 102 describes in some very descriptive language what it is when one is depressed, hear my prayer. Oh Lord, let my cry, they had not got face from me in the day when I'm in trouble. Incline thine ear unto me in the day when I call upon the says in verse five.
By reason of the voice of my groaning, my bones, cleave to my skin. I am like a publican of the literature that Mike and how of the district. I watch Thomas a sparrow loan upon the house paints a bleak me you think of one little spare upon the roof of the house.
He's subject to the blowing of the wind falling of the rain to all kinds of difficult situations and he feels alone and like the sparrow, upon the house ever been to that point, he felt very much alone.
It may have been around people, but you can really understand where I am, but it can understand the depth of my birth. Yes, he describes the state which we would certainly have to define as being depressed, but look what he says in verse 17 of the Psalm he will regard the prayer of the destitute and not despise their counsel with people trying to encourage them to seek the Lord's face and that they would find help and hope and we look at some of those passages where Jesus says blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of God. So your cash down. You feel to be poor in spirit. Think about it. Well, I'm probably not poor enough, my heart probably not right. I don't know that he would hear me lesson related hunger and thirst after righteousness. Well, I don't know that my appetite for righteousness is strong and everything had given a try to find a way around us, and I found one person can't get he will not despise the prayer of the destitute, you can say I'm destitute of homeground I have in the sense of poverty have that you can't get under this he will not despise the prayer of the destitute and so when the destitute comes to him for help. Help is found, then we need to understand the importance of seeking his face and time of loss and sorrow. When loved ones are claimed by Beth read a book one time man was saying when loved ones department. There are no words there are no words to which we can turn and I immediately thought of this passage in first Thessalonians chapter 4 verse 18 where he says wherefore comfort one another with these words, God has provided words to give comfort when a loved one has gone on to be with the Lord in the 16th versus as for the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so shall we ever be with the Lord for comfort one another with these words. So here's the comfort God himself where they and we look we don't look to the philosophy should be. We look to the Lord himself and we can go on to say that in every part of life.
This is Scripture the Lord said CE five fax and our response needs to echo that I've faced Lord will seek in your dealer seek the Lord their plots in chapter 3 verse 17 says, and whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the father by him and then immediately following their specific instruction given to why it's husbands at the children that live to be submissive to their husbands. Husbands are to love their wives. They are to not provoke your children to wrath children are to be obedient to their parents sometimes hope life can get to be a little rough.
There can be conflicts and differences of what you do under the circumstances. C. Keep my face. She can face and come to understand what ever you do whatever you say in word or they do all in the name of the location giving thanks so much emphasis in Scripture on giving thanks to God we can so easily neglect the mesh. We have a thankful heart, were not going to find peace and joy in the Lord and then in the same chapter.
Plus, in chapter 3 tells us that seeking the Lord or something that I will be done in your work and whatsoever you do it heartily, answer the Lord and not on the man cannot be in a situation where you're not happy in your job long as you're there you give it your best. Here's here's the information God provides for doing heartily whatever you're doing, you do it heartily to the Lord. So you seek his face in the workplace that you make sure and do things the way is honoring to insert that's true in the church the same book of Colossians chapter 1 verse 18 and he that is of course speaking of Jesus Christ is the hand of the body, the church who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he might have the preeminence that he's given him the preeminence. But from a practical standpoint to be going to have the preeminence in our church. We need to be doing exactly what he said in our text. Lord says CT my face that's what I will find the help we need for the church to be what it ought to be to the praise and glory of his name. Are you consistently going to the Lord, seeking his face asking his blessing upon the church that we might be a body that is united in love commitment to serve Jesus Christ testimony might be given we can carry out the commission we looked at in a message a few weeks ago from the book of Matthew limits.
Think about something of a guideline for this seeking. What are some think we need to think about it for 30 seeking the face of God. First of all from a negative point of view, it must not be just a formality, not lipservice. It must be from the heart. And that's exactly what it was with David as he was called upon to seek the Lord's response that he would seek the Lord with his basically a continuous thing, not just an occasional exercise in a time of crisis following the pattern that the Somerset force. There was no delay on the Lord said, seeking my face. He didn't say how happy this fall for my schedule. They immediately responded not face long with us that needs to be response Jeremiah chapter 28 verse 13 says, and ye shall seek me and find me when you search for me with all so pick something that's just something that just words. We can expect to find. But when you seek for me with all you will find when they would response original limitations of time.
Plaintiffs or condition just said and all under all circumstances is implied I will be seeking things may that be a lesson that each of us could take home with us today. Make it a part of our life on a daily basis.
So, from the positive standpoint it is to be with fervor and zeal. Psalm 63, Juan says, oh God, thou art my God, early will I seek.
This is something that's first and foremost immediately. I'm going to do it myself first for the my flesh and longing for the in a dry and thirsty land where no water is deceived by power and via glory. So as I have seen me in the sanctuary. Verse eight my soul follow with hard after the right hand of yes.
He says here put this matter of seeking the first I want to follow hard after the he's going to do it earnestly looked earlier at the passage in Hebrews chapter 11 verse six it says Lord is the rewarder of them that diligently seek him. So it is to be with diligence and it is to be with importunity, which means that we continue we don't give up. Luke chapter 18 verse one says and he spake this parable under them to this that man ought always to pray and not think that I'm sure you remember what that parable is about the woman goes before the unjust judge and request of Benjamin Matt adversary. He was unjustly didn't care about what was right. He didn't care about this woman, but she persisted. She continued to make a request. She wouldn't go away and finally he granted the request might sensing like a strange lesson but the good news is we don't make that request to an unjust judge we make that request. Father, one who loves and cares for us. So the lesson of that chapter is this woman was heard because of her opportunity because she wouldn't accept no, she just kept going and he says this is for our benefit that we ought always to pray and not to faint. You sometimes feel like giving up you been praying for something for a long time and can happen based on the floor.
Here is my prayer for not have to be submissive to his will, of course, but we are to pray without ceasing, and then we think of the blessing the blessing of seeking to blessing relevant. If God says CT my face. You have to wait for an appointment he's already inviting to some who can say thanks Lord will actually he's commanded it because he is ready to hear he's ready to hear us: Jeremiah 33 three says: the me and I will answer me and chill the great and mighty things, which thou knowest look at Psalm nine and verse nine, the Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble and they that know thy name will put their trust in the fourth how Lord has not forsaken them that what she Lord has not forsaken those that seek. Now we must recognize that while the Lord calls on us and commanders to seek his face that God himself will determine how to answer our prayer. He decides what blessing we need. Paul prayed three times Lord remove the thorn in the flesh. He was one had a good relationship with the Lord wasn't a problem in his life that we keep God from hearing prayed three times the God hearing. Yes, but his answer was I not remove the thorn. I have a purpose in you experiencing this difficulty, but I answer is, my grace is sufficient for me for some time who may think of the Lord had hurt my prayer each answered in a way that's pleasing to him and in a way that he knows is best for you and you deserve it.
So we have to be surrendered and submission to his will. And David concludes Psalm 14 verse by saying wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart, and he says it again wait, I say that's an area where we many times have difficulty with the lack of prayed this morning, I would have answered this afternoon will times, God's timetable is not in sequence with what our desires are. But we have to pray that I will be done in earth, as it is in heaven, but about Dr. Hughes will wait, I say on the Lord. Then one final thought that God will hear centers read a book one time.
Probably the most depressing book I haven't read where somebody was saying there are human beings, for whom there is no hope care life there thinking so distorted there's no hope there's no help for them how wonderful you know that there is no center who sucks up deconditioning. No one in such a confused state of mind. The one so deep into addiction. But what the God of heaven is able to reach an Jesus and he came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance that's illustrated in the parable of the publican and the Pharisee the Pharisee brags on himself. The publican's microphone is precious as God be merciful to me, the center said this man went down to his house just talking to somebody today who admits I am a center I have broken God's law, even though me anything they dealt with according to justice not be under his wrath forever. But I'm not happy with that situation.
I'm not happy with my life and where I am. Here's encouraging news that he heard that publican who cried out for mercy. He heard the thief on the cross and said remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom Jesus that this day passionately with me in paradise. Romans 1013 said, for whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved to the one who calls and sincerity. Lord has called on them because we love him because he first loved us. But the fact is if I speak to someone who is struggling and questioning. Is there any hope for me is that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved to all today say yes I have found relief from the burden of sin believe that Christ died for me, trusting him for my salvation, but can you say that you are continually perpetually seeking his face.
Here's the Lord speaking to the songs, seek ye my face added to respondent immediately. Positively, thy face, Lord, will seek as we leave. They may all of us, though, saying I want to be more diligent, more faithful in seeking his face doing not desperately need him in every area of life and all that we do we need on a daily basis that he would have us seeking cozies problems to supply Army.
He and we have seen this message entitled the need of seeking God. Thomas responded in a positive way when the Lord said CT my things. He says thine face, Lord, will I seek the response of everyone of us today earnestly seeking the Lord our God bless his kingdom, his troops and possibly constantly go for the glory of his next week at the same time in the Lord richly bless and be the Baptist Bible is come to you under the direction of Elder Lucero Bradley Junior address all mailed to the Baptist Bible are Cincinnati, OH 45217. That's the Baptist Bible are Cincinnati, OH 45217 and be