In reality, "to seek the face of the Lord," is "to seek the Lord;" 2 Samuel 12:16; 2 Chronicles 20:4, 2 Chronicles 15:2. Psalm 1 â The Way of the Righteous and the Way of the Ungodly. BibliographyTorrey, R. A. The Lord is my light â My counsellor in my difficulties, and my comforter and deliverer in all my distresses. When it sees an encouragement once, a command, it will soon answer: and when it sees a promise, half a promise, it will welcome it. The ground of all obedience, of all holy intercourse with God, is a spirit of application. All who know anything about quarrels among men know that, as a rule, the offended party is generally the first to seek a reconciliation. I. “The face of the Lord” means the same as “the name of the Lord,” and both mean the manifested character of God. But faith must always live above experience. One who would manifest a tenderer care and love than even parents feel, and who, when they are removed from us, will be our Guardian £ still. The student may well luxuriate in the various names which the psalmist delights to apply to God as his God. Be it ours to wait upon our God continually! 1801-1803. III. It is one we often find it very difficult to hear. There is also brought out here very plainly the complete correspondence between the Divine command and the devout man’s resolve. Thereupon we should labour for a spirit of application, to make a right use of it as we should. 8.My heart said to thee. Whom shall I fear? We have man's reply to God: "Thy face, Lord, will I seek." Some have proposed to mend the text thus: לבי אמר לך לך lech lecha, amar libbi, "Go to, saith my heart," יהוה פני נבקש nebakkesh peney Jehovah, "Let us seek the face of Jehovah." ABSOLUTE SURRENDER TO GOD, FOR TIME AND FOR ETERNITY. 1897. This is a very powerful article. And this obedience was--. You will value yourselves ten thousandfold more than you ever did when you see yourselves in the light of God's face. The psalmist tails us of God’s invitation and of his acceptance, and on both he builds the prayer that the face which he had been bidden to seek, and had sought, may not be hid from him. We see it by the works of creation and providence; but if we should know His nature, and not His will towards us--His commanding will, what He will have us do; and His promising will, what He will do for us--except we have a ground for this from God, the knowledge of His nature is but a confused knowledge; it serves but to make us inexcusable, as in Romans 1:19 it is proved at large. God is willing to be known. For the world is not as a silent glen, or lone mountain side, but a very Babel of confused noises. Used by Permission. He sends out His mercy for a world; we have to claim each our portion. "In this will I be confident" (1 Kings 22:19, 2 Kings 6:15; Acts 20:24). 8. "E.W. Your hope will rise then, and set no more for ever. His promises are commandments. secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me. Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, "To thee, my heart, He hath said, "Seek thou My face"; Thy face, O Jehovah, will I seek", Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, "Seek ye my face (virtually contained, in, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. When, &c.: or, "To thee, my heart, He hath said, "Seek thou My face"; Thy face, O Jehovah, will I seek". "The gernyng of my hert that spekes til god, and he anely heres: saide til the my face, that es my presence soght the and na nother thyng. (b) Salvation (verse 1). 1917. In all such cases there may be the form, but there cannot be the power, of godliness; there may be certain earthly advantages, but there is no real profit, neither the promise of the life that now is, nor of that which is to come. Masters and servants were knit more closely together in early times than now; and the psalmist pleads this relation between them. David means that his spirit will find a refuge with God in times of trouble, not (as some Jewish expositors argue) that he will actually hide from his enemies inside the tabernacle. "Commentary on Psalms 27:8". Others profess a willingness to obey the call, but never realize their intentions. 2. In some things men move in masses without any realization of individual responsibility. In a mountainous region the path is winding, often hidden a few yards ahead. The LORD is my light and my salvation;Whom shall I fear?The LORD is the strength of my life;Of whom shall I be afraid?When the wicked came against meTo eat up my flesh,My enemies and foes,They stumbled and fell.Though an army may encamp against me,My heart shall not fear;Though war may rise against me,In this I will be confident.a. The sun says to the planets, “Children”--for they are all children of the sun--“seek ye my face.” The planets reply, “We will; thy face will we seek. "Wait on the Lord; be strong, and let thine heart take courage; yea, wait on the Lord." We have safety and peace (verses 5, 6). The utterance of holy desire, longing after communion with God. 767; G. Forbes, The Voice of God in the Psalms, p. 198. "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". We praise God, but the organ gives the voice-power (see verse 6, Hebrew). Frequent seclusion is the best way to strengthen ourselves for conflict. It may mean the same thing as tibi, to thee, in Latin. Truth is not born with us, nor can it be obtained without our own efforts. More probably, however, in my opinion, it denotes a mutual conversation between God and the prophet. The command, "Seek ye my face," had been given by David to the people on the day that he set up the ark upon Mount Zion (1 Chronicles 16:11). The Ancients taught a solemn truth when they represented Time as an old man with wings on his shoulders, a scythe and hour-glass in his hands, and on his wrinkled forehead one lock of hair, all bald behind, and therefore offering no hope to us when it is past. The revelation of God which is implied in this psalm is one of exceeding tenderness, richness, and glory. I. “My heart said,” etc. My heart said unto thee; my heart readily and thankfully complied with the motion; and upon the encouragement of this command, or invitation and promise couched in it, I resolved I would do so, and do so at this time. Psalm 27 is a familiar psalm that has two distinct parts. He sows His invitations broadcast; we have to make them our own. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/sbc/psalms-27.html. They are seekers after God, are they? Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. This is a wise, humble, comprehensive prayer. It is another manner of matter to hear than it is took for. John 1:7-9; John 12:35, John 12:36, John 12:46; 1 John 1:5). There is a delight in all that is true and beautiful. Now this verse is a ground of that prayer, for God had said to him, “Seek My face,” and he had replied, “Thy face, Lord, will I seek.” Note--. "Stand but your ground, your ghostly foes will fly. It is God's love which makes life worth living. But if obeyed, then how blessed are we! If a permission only had been granted to us to seek his favour, methinks it should have been embraced with all imaginable earnestness: for sure enough, if such an imitation were sent to those who are now in hell, it would not be treated with indifference there. What God was to the saints of old, he is to his people still. When we realize the glory of him whom we believe, there is no bound to our delight and exultation; and at such times we can laugh in defiance at our foes; yea, "smile at Satan's rage, and face a frowning world." Such views can be upheld neither from Scripture nor from common sense. For false witnesses are risen up against me. The seeking of God’s face. The more we know of Him, the more we shall admire Him. Light has been well called "this profoundly beautiful name of God" (Delitzsch). It makes the devil sport, it rejoiceth the enemy of mankind when we lose so great advantage, that we will not apply those blessed truths and make them our own. Other duties, doubtless, should be performed in their place: but to obtain God’s favour should be our first concern; and life itself, in comparison of that, should be of no value in our eyes. Wheresoever men open the heart to God's invitation, he proves himself worthy of himself. (J. 7. But the most spiritual conception of God is reached, not by a pedantic scrupulosity in avoiding material representations, but by an unhesitating use of these, and the remembrance that they are representations. See call of apostles (Luke 5:1-12). David's enemies are ever at hand, to swallow him up (Psalms 56:2). And my Salvation (comp. Let us study these in order. And the full meaning seems to he, "To thee said my heart—Hast thou said unto men, Seek ye my face? As admission into the presence is allowed only to those who enjoy the favour of the ruler, it is the mark and expression of this favour, and because it is so, is sought after; so, to seek the face of the Lord, is to seek to be admitted into His presence, and in reality to seek to enjoy His favour compare 2 Samuel 21:1, "There was a famine in the days of David, and David sought the face of the Lord;" Psalms 24:6, and Psalms 105:4. I have not only done what it was my duty and interest to do, but I will continue to do it. If He bids us seek He binds Himself to show. They say, “I go, Sir; but they never execute their Father’s will [Note: Matthew 21:30. It should be no joy to the righteous to see any one in trouble; yet they cannot but praise God when infamous plots are discovered, and the saints of God are delivered. I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. The sun’s face and the earth’s face must be brought together, in full relationship, and then creation is inevitable. man’s reply. III. The first part of the psalm consists of Verses 1-6, and the second part consists of Verses 7-14. BibliographyBeza, Theodore. God is our Light. BibliographyWhedon, Daniel. That he will be good to us rests on the assurance that he will be good to all, and not because we have any superior or peculiar claim. All that summer and harvest means follows. Put not thy servant away in anger; i.e. (T. When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up. O that ye now viewed this mercy as ye will most unquestionably view it ere long! Yea, God's love and care make them so happy that they must give vent to their joy as with trumpet-song. We delight in them, and to hear some empty creature, to fasten upon a story or some phrases by the bye. (1 Samuel 22:8, "When thou saidst, Seek ye my face." By the very make of our own spirits He calls us to Himself. And still more the declared joy of God when souls are at rest in him (Zephaniah 3:17). "Behold the emmet of God, "saith he, "it rises early every day, it runs to God's church, it there prays, it hears the lesson read, it sings a psalm, it ruminates what it hears, it meditates thereupon, and hoards up within itself the precious corn gathered from that barn floor." Voice answering to voice, heart echoing to heart. Personal faith brings to our hearts the saving and sanctifying influence of the Spirit. "Aide-tot, le ciel l'aidera." Alas I you come here to hear duties and comforts, if you be good, and sentences against you, if you be naught. 3. Another most important part of the right reception of the call lies in the quickness, the instantaneousness, of the obedience: "When Thou saidst." https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/psalms-27.html. C. Garrett, Catholic Sermons, vol. 2. Psalms 27:8 Context. The psalmist takes the general invitation and converts it into an individual one, to which he responds. "My heart said," etc. O my heart, God hath commanded thee to seek his face." Even professedly religious men do not. But some have never yet heard it, and those who do, hear it in different degrees. Whom we have tried we trust. And the words lie in another order in the Hebrew text, which runs thus: To thee my heart said, Thou hast said, (which verb may well be understood here, as it is also 1 Kings 20:34, and as divers other verbs are understood in the sacred text, as Leviticus 24:8 2 Samuel 18:12 23:17, compared with 1 Chronicles 11:19, and in many other places; which is not strange in so concise and short a language as the Hebrew is,). “Port,” says the officer. "Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)". - When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek. "Commentary on Psalms 27:8". The tenor of God's whole Word to man is, "Seek ye my face;" equivalent to "Come unto me for rest, for protection, for salvation." There is no known character and career in Scripture that would correspond to this psalm as well as those of David. Psalms 27:8 [When thou saidst], Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek. It is the heart of man coming back to God. When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek. The objection of Delitzsch, that David left his father and mother, not they him, is of no weight; for either way his peril and exposure were such that he was left without them; and we are left to wonder why they consented to be sundered from him. THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE. ), Walking one day in the Queen’s Park, Edinburgh, I heard the music of a military band. 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!". Trouble often cools the love of human relations, but only increases the Divine pity, and attracts God the more closely to us. , margin ; 2 Samuel 21:1, margin ; 2 Samuel 21:1, margin 2. And comfort you increase notions servant away in anger ; i.e that comes from that we call Christ turn a. 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