Chapter 32

Good Monday Morning to this week 31 of 2020

Psalms 27:7
Hear my voice when I call, LORD; be merciful to me and answer me.

Wherever he is, he can find a way to the throne of grace by prayer.
He humbly bespeaks, because he firmly believes he shall have, a gracious audience: “Hear, O Lord, when I cry, not only with my heart but, as one in earnest, with my voice too.’’ He bespeaks also an answer of peace, which he expects, not from his own merit, but God’s goodness: Have mercy upon me, and answer me,

David takes hold of the kind invitation God had given him to this duty,
It is a presumption for us to come into the presence of the King of kings uncalled.

My heart said unto thee (so it begins in the original) or of thee, Seek you my face; he first revolved that and preached that over again to himself.

Thou saidst (so it may be supplied), Seek you my face; and then he returns what he had so meditated upon, in this pious resolution, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.

The true nature of religious worship; it is seeking the face of God. This it is in God’s precept: Seek you my face; he would have us seek him for himself, and make his favour our chief good; and this it is in the saint’s purpose and desire: “Thy face, Lord, will I seek, and nothing less will I take up with.’’

The opening of his hand will satisfy the desire of other living things, but it is only the shining of his face that will satisfy the desire of a living soul.

The kind of invitation of a gracious God to this duty: Thou saidst, Seek you my face; it is not only permission but a precept, and his commanding us to seek implies a promise of finding.

He calls us, by the whispers of his Spirit to and with our spirits, to seek his face; he calls us by his word, by the stated returns of opportunities for his worship, and by special providences, merciful and afflictive.

The call is immediately returned: My heart answered, Thy face, Lord, will I seek. The call was general; “Seek you my face;’’ but, like David, we must apply it to ourselves, “I will seek it.’’

The call was, Seek you my face; the answer is express, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.

A gracious heart readily echoes to the call of a gracious God, being made willing in the day of his power.

He is very particular in his requests. For the favor of God, that he might not be shut out from that “Thy face, Lord, will I seek, in obedience to thy command; therefore hide not thy face from me; let me never want the reviving sense of the favor; love me, and let me know that thou lovest me.

Psalm 27.7 in various translations:

Hear me as I pray, O LORD. Be merciful and answer me!
Hear, O Jehovah, when I cry with my voice: Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
Listen, ADONAI, to my voice when I cry; show favor to me; and answer me.

Hear, Jehovah; with my voice do I call; be gracious unto me, and answer me.

Wishing you a week of God’s favor!


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