“O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory.” (Psalm 63:1-2).
When Jesus walked on the earth 2,000 years ago, He never called anyone to go to church or try to be nice people. Rather, he called radical disciples who would be with Him (Mark 3:14), and sit at his feet (Luke 10:38-42). Christianity is not about blindly following a list of rules, but seeking after God and developing a personal and intimate relationship with Him. This is why the Apostle Paul said, “For my determined purpose is that I may know Him that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly.” (Philippians 3:10, Amplified Bible).
Christianity is not about learning how to think right thoughts about God, but about actually encountering Him and experiencing His presence. Hear the heart cry of the Psalmist David, who was a God Seeker: “Oh God, You are my God; early will I seek you; my soul thirsts for You.” David wasn’t content to just be a good person. He wasn’t content to just know all the facts about God. He wanted to seek God. He was hungry and thirsty for more of God in His life. He was looking for God in the sanctuary, wanting to see His power and glory.
Is this the cry of your heart? The North American church of the 21st Century is “having so much fun playing with God’s gifts that we’ve even forgotten to thank Him. The best thing we can do as God’s kids is to lay down His gifts long enough to go sit in the Father’s lap. Seek the Giver, not the gifts! Seek His face, not His hands! Moses (is an example of someone in the Bible who) wanted something more. He had experienced the miracles. He had heard God’s voice, and witnesses His delivering power. More than any other person alive at that time, Moses had even experienced the manifest presence of God in measure, in temporary visitation. But everything he saw and experienced in God told him that there was far more just waiting for him beyond the cloud. He longed for more than just visitation, he longed for habitation. He wanted more than just seeing God’s finger or hearing His voice speaking from a cloud or a burning bush. He had gone beyond fear to love, and God’s abiding presence had become his consuming desire. That is why he begged God in Exodus 33:18, I beseech Thee, show me Thy glory!” (Tommy Tenney, The God Chasers).
Today I want to stir you up to seek God with all of your heart. This is the essence of the Christian life—it’s about developing a more personal and intimate friendship with the King of the Universe. We have a promise from God that says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13). God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Let’s seek His face, and never be content until we have experienced His presence! “God isn’t looking for religious people; He’s looking for people who are hot after His heart. He wants people who want Him; who want the Blesser more than the blessings.” (Tommy Tenney, The God Chasers).
Pastor Chris Jordan