“Your face, Lord, I will seek.” Psalm 27:8b (NIV)
One of my favorite things to do when working with clients, is to help them remember why we do the things that we do. It’s so rewarding to bring people back to the fount of their motivation & their heart’s desire. It’s also such an honor to be able to help people shape their motivating force. To point them to Jesus, and encourage them to seek His face.
Because in the exercise and fitness world, God’s face isn’t always so obvious. People exercise and work out for many reasons, some of which revolve around vanity and other worldly pursuits.
But we exercise to honor God. We exercise to thank God for the bodies He has given us and to steward them well. And while we work out, we seek His face.
Seeking God’s face is wholly different than seeking God’s hand. Seeking God’s hand is easy. We do it all the time. We ask for His helping hand, His wisdom, His strength — we ask for His intercession on our behalf. But when we seek His face, we seek simply to be in His presence. We seek to see Him more clearly as He is, and to absorb more of Him. That’s all.
When I go to the gym, I am submitting my body to the work it needs. But when I go, I also submit the rest of me to the Lord — to seek His face, to hear His voice, to gaze at the only One who can really heal & change & grow me.
And I trust that … just as Moses’ face shown brightly after he met with the Lord on Mount Sinai (see Exodus 34:29) … all of me might shine a little brighter for His glory with my workout is done.