“Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD?
And who shall stand in his holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not lift up his soul to what is false
and does not swear deceitfully.
He will receive blessing from the LORD
and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek the face of the God of Jacob.”
Those who seek Him. Those who seek the face of the God of Jacob. The face of the living God who has been faithful to generations past, who shows steadfast love, justice, and righteousness. The God of our salvation, the God who comes in surpassing power and glory.
This passage has me dwelling on what it is to seek His face. The picture given is of one who has chosen resolutely to follow and serve the Lord. To obey Him not just in word and deed, but in the depths of his heart—in motivations, in thoughts, in expectations and hopes. One who holds fast to truth and then lives truthfully, without deceit.
It isn’t that we have to clean ourselves up in order to “deserve” the presence of God or earn His favor…none of us would ever get there. Rather, this is the result. This is how our lives are transformed when we choose to seek Him. Because seeking Him means soaking up His Word, listening to His voice as He whispers to our heart, humbly responding to Him in faith, obediently following Him and striving to live as Christ did. All of it is empowered by the Spirit of God Himself.
God knows our heart. And when we sincerely seek Him, He graciously pours out blessings far beyond what we could ever deserve, and He covers us with the righteousness that is only found in Christ. How amazing is that? We don’t have to rely on our own righteousness. Righteousness that is filthy rags in comparison. We fall far short of His glory. But God offers us salvation in the sacrifice of Christ. Such grace is found here. Such hope.
So today, may we seek Him. May we lift up our heads, fix our eyes on our Lord, and rejoice as the King of glory meets us here: “The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle!” (Psalm 24:8).