Words from the Heart for Sunday August 6th, 2017
I have sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise.
Psalm 119:58 (NIV)
I Have Sought Your Face
In which direction does our heart lead us? If our heart has many different priorities then we will not be seeking the Lord with all of our heart. The Lord is consistently faithful and very gracious. He’s made promises. He is looking for those who will lay aside anything contending for first place. He promises to direct us in grace and faithfulness. There’s no better way!
A recent study published in the Vancouver Sun reveals that is you want to meet someone of another nationality or race, your greatest chance in British Columbia is in the city of Burnaby. One of the most authentic ways to measure the intensity of ethnic diversity is to test the chances that two people, chosen at random from a certain area, will be of a different ethnic background. Which is exactly what Sun data journalist Chad Skelton did: He has given each part of Metro Vancouver a “diversity index.” Burnaby prevails. There is a 73 per cent chance two randomly chosen people from Burnaby will be of a different ethnicity. In both Richmond and Vancouver, the chances of two random people being of a different ethnicity goes down to 68 per cent.
The Bible often speaks of God using anthropomorphic terms (using human characteristics). Very clearly the Bible speaks of God as a being of Spirit. He doesn’t have flesh and blood like we do, and He doesn’t have appendages even though the Bible speaks of God’s arms, back, face, mouth, lips, ears, eyes, hand and finger. God, of course, has none of these. But they do help us grasp something of God’s being and help us to relate to Him, who by nature is beyond our comprehension. David says this in Psalm 119:58: “I have sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise.” God doesn’t have a face. Not in the same sense that we do. What David is getting at here is that he is drawing close to God and as he does, God is recognizable. It is a person’s face, more than anything else about that person, which makes them recognizable. After we have been away from a loved one for some time, we say that we long to see their face. David here is describing an intimacy with God, longing with his whole heart to draw close to God. Do you have that same longing in your heart? Is it your desire to draw close enough to God that you recognize Him?
These have been words from the heart.