Seeking the face of God

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud, be gracious to me and answer me! “Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!” Your face, Lord, do I seek. (Psalm 27:7-8)

More from Psalm 27. Note the desire/intention distinction: the ‘heart’ tells the ‘I’ to seek God’s face, and the ‘I’ seeks the face of God. And this is one way worship forms: we feel deeply our needs, our desires, ‘our songs and our complaints,’ and we choose to act on these–to pray, to worship, to seek the face of God. It can happen the other way, too: we know we should seek God’s face, and so we do; and the emotions come afterwards. And sometimes we do not choose, but only feel; or only choose and do not feel, and in these times (as in all times), we need God’s grace.