“In my heart, I am thirsty for you, the living God. When will I see your face?”
Ps 42:2 CEV
“In John Wesley’s Journal he records a day which was throughout an experience of the close presence of God: ‘God was before me all the day long. I sought and found him in every place; and could truly say, when I lay down at night, Now I have lived a day’” (Soldier’s Armoury 1969, p77). People have sought,
and some have found, the presence of God in the ordinary course of life. And some have found him in some mighty worship experience.
When Psalm 42 was written, possibly five hundred years or more before Christ, idol worship was still very common. The Israelites lived in the land previously called Canaan alongside the Canaanites who worshipped their idols. A Canaanite could pop into a shrine, have a glance at the idol and go away having seen “god”. We do not know whether it had impact on his or her inner consciousness or not. But the psalm-writer wanted to see the face of the invisible God – because he was “the living God”, the real thing. He knew God was living because he did things. He had done things centuries before, and he would go on doing them. Like Wesley, the psalmist wanted to have that vital experience of knowing God there with him, communicating with him. Then he would have (really) lived a day.
The true face of God came in Jesus Christ. When people saw him, heard him, conversed with him and knew him, they had met with the living God – living as really as any human being who ever walked the face of the earth. Look to Jesus – and live!
PRAYER THOUGHT Lord, grant me the awareness of your presence always.