The ground of all obedience, of all holy intercourse with God, is a spirit of application. It pleads for mercy and forgiveness (Psalms 27:8-10). Because men have sought as they never sought before. How simple it is. God himself had led the way in inviting souls to seek him. Our passions, yielded to and indulged, are dangerous enemies. How sinful and, foolish to incur the risks of life ourselves! "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". 1. (Verse 13; literally, "Had I not believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living …") The sentence is unfinished. None need quail before the risks of life, whatever they may be, who put their whole trust in God, and follow him everywhere! And from both he draws encouragement to hope that God will be the same, and he humbly resolves that He will be. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of We delight in them, and to hear some empty creature, to fasten upon a story or some phrases by the bye. ", 3. Note: (a) Light (verse 1). Both are a process of generation--regeneration. All right inquiry is practical. that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. Justice lies not in treating all alike, but in treating each according to character and conduct. With others it is a convenience, the result of education, a matter of prudence and self-interest, something necessary to respectability and comfort in the world. Wait on the Lord. This related undoubtedly at first to prayer, but the “principle” is applicable to all the commands of God. The first notes of the Divine voice have more persuasive power than after the heart has become familiar with them, even as the first song of the thrush in spring, that breaks the long wintry silence, has a sweetness all its own. Our past successes should help us to this, and even some of our failures, when we see how they might have been avoided. I. But too many of us hesitate and delay. But how often His message is heard and refused, and how terrible if this refusal be persisted in! So, with him on my side I’m fearless, afraid of no one and nothing. Note: "That greatness which is infinite has room. ", True religion begins with God. (R. Wheeler.). God is All and in all. seek my presence, and favour, and help, by fervent and faithful prayer. My heart said unto thee, &c.] My heart, moved and inspirited by thy Spirit working in me a gracious compliance, echoed out as it were, "Thy face," &c. See the like Jeremiah 3:22, "Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. God summons all, because He summons each. my heart said to Thee.” The psalmist gathers himself together in a concentrated resolve of a fixed determination--“Thy face will I seek.” That is how we ought to respond. 1. Only trust in the Lord, and do right, and one by one you will see your foes stumble and fall, and you will be left in possession of the field, more than conqueror, through him that loveth you.". (Psalms 25:5, Psalms 25:8, Psalms 25:9). Suspecting that some error had got into the text, for פני בקשו bakkeshu panay, "seek ye my face," I had substituted פניך אבקש abakkesh paneycha, "I will seek thy face;" or with the Vulgate and Septuagint, פניך בקשתי bakkesti paneycha, "I have sought thy face," exquisivit te facies mea, Εξεζητησα το προσωπον σου . https: ]?” The invitations of God are common to all: but the way in which they are received constitutes the difference between the child of this world and the child of God. ]:” whilst of the hypocrite it is pointedly asked, “Will he always call upon God? There are difficulties and trials. III. Service to God. On the open plain you see it for miles. There may be as clinging a faith when uttering the wail of the first verse of the twenty-second, as when singing the peaceful song of the twenty-third psalm; for even in the darkest hour, faith says, "My God!". But the observable and admirable thing is, that David did not wait to deliberate, but instantly made his resolution upon hearing God’s injunction. Teach me thy way, O Lord (comp. This is the secret of a steady, upward, peaceful, and strong life. God's calls and invitations are not always such things as we should have expected. "Commentary on Psalms 27:8". The most god-like centre of all the glory of God is His own human face. With a ready acquiescence in his appointed way—, [God tells us, that it is in Christ alone that he can accept us; and that we must come to him through Christ, pleading the merit of his blood, and relying altogether on his atoning sacrifice. Word for word the invitation is repeated in the answer. To seek the favour of God; q.d. III. Light has been well called "this profoundly beautiful name of God" (Delitzsch). The Pulpit Commentary. II. observe that God addresses us in plural number, but man’s reply is in the singular. 21:16, 17) and his people thereupon resolved he should never venture … To communicate goodness, and to communicate it far to many. There, as here, "to seek the face of God," is substituted for "to seek God.". Psalm 27:4 “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house … (3) The text also shows us the nature of religion: "Seek ye My face." One affection binds the heart and the life into a holy fellowship. But as it is according to his own sovereign pleasure that God vouchsafes us to look upon him, (as he does in Word and sacraments,) it becomes us steadily to fix our eyes on this view, that it may not be with us as with the Papists, who, by means of the wildest inventions, wickedly transform God into whatever shapes please their fancy, or their brains have conceived. Alone thou must stand in judgment; alone thou must take thy resolution. 3. Some think David penned this psalm before his coming to the throne, when he was in the midst of his troubles, and perhaps upon occasion of the death of his parents; but the Jews think he penned it when he was old, upon occasion of the wonderful deliverance he had from the sword of the giant, when Abishai succoured him (2 Sa. We do not need to seek the sun with lanterns, nor to grope after God if haply we may find Him. Be ever listening to hear the voice. ], or climbing up into a tree for the gratifying of curiosity [Note: Luke 19:4-5. Personal faith brings to our hearts the saving and sanctifying influence of the Spirit. But some have never yet heard it, and those who do, hear it in different degrees. See this taken over to the New Testament (John 4:23). (3) It was decided: "Thy face, Lord, will I seek." "Be strong," he says to himself, and he (i.e. David, in the spirit of faith, appropriates to himself the general exhortation of God, Seek YE (plural) my face;' "Thy face Lord, will (or do). that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. Words really can’t do it justice. Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae. If we would gain the knowledge spoken of (2 Peter 3:18), we must observe the condition (Colossians 3:16). משׁך (instead of which we find אסף in Psalm 26:9), to draw any one down forcibly to destruction, or to drag him to the place of judgment, Ezekiel 32:20, cf. "If God be for us, who can be against us?" 1. Universal. 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