1 Chronicles 16 is recorded as King Davids Song of Thanks after they had brought the ark of God back to Jerusalem and set it inside the tent David had pitched for it and had offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God. David’s sole purpose is found in chapter 13 verse 3: “Then let us bring again the ark of our God to us, for we did not seek it in the days of Saul.”
The ark was the place the presence of God rested. “There I will meet with you, and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim that are on the ark of the testimony, I will speak with you about all that I will give you in commandment for the people of Israel.” Exodus 25:22.
After King Sauls disobedience, we find the Lord seeking a man after his own heart. 1 Samuel 13:14. In Acts 13:22 we read; “And when he had removed him (Saul), he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’ Davids own testimony from the Psalm 27:8reads, “You have said, seek my face. My heart says to you,“Your face, LORD, do I seek.”
Once again, we find seeking God is all about the heart of man and our personal spiritual growth process. The more we grow in God the more we find it is Him that we inquire for and require as our vital need. Eventually we come to understand that our strength is in Him.
To seek His face is not the same thing as approaching him on a basis of need. Seeking His face speaks of knowing Him, his ways, his thoughts. Isaiah tells us his ways and thoughts are above ours, but it does not say we can’t know them. The New testament tells us this new covenant that we enter into through Jesus Christ is one that gives to us the fullness of God himself. Knowing him, knowing his will, having his understanding, are our just some of the things we inherit as his children.
The Apostle Paul’s prayers are filled with the desire for the saints to know and understand the Father. What do we need for this day that can’t not be found in Him?
Isaiah reminds us as we wait upon the Lord there is a divine exchange .We are renewed, we are refreshed, we are strengthened with might by His Spirit in our inner man. We are filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. The Spirit shows us things to come so we are prepared for the day. Grace abounds. Mercy is not restrained. Favour flows. Light dispels darkness. The joy is unspeakable and peace mounts guard over our hearts and minds.
Oh Taste and see that the Lord is good.