Seeking the Countenance of the Lord

Psalms 36:10 – O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.

In the Bible when the Lord was pleased with man He lifted His countenance on man and His glory was felt. In the same way if man who called himself a child / people of God and misrepresented Him; God would turn away His countenance and man would be in great trouble.

Turning away the countenance of God made way for Satan and his angels to attack. But when the countenance of God was lifted up on a person it meant the favour of God was on that person. Favour of God does wonders for a person, the impossible not only becomes possible it becomes simple. Grace of God or mercy of God does not require a person to do any work, but in the case of favour one needs to be stand in between the Rock. To stand between the Rock, means to imitate God in his character or pursue relationship with Him.

To give an example of favour of God, we hear of Christians being persecuted but just yesterday a person came from a visit to the interiors of India, where there was a gathering of Christians. Like most large gathering this gathering also attracted the attention of people who hate Christians. So a person of this group filled a case in court to stop this gathering. And during the hearing this person was giving false witness, as he was doing this he fell down in the court itself and died. His brother in who was there was very afraid, ran home and at home he too fell.

The Pastor who was conducting this gather felt in his heart to save this family so went to this person’s house. When he reached there they were putting the brother into an ambulance. On the way to the hospital, in the ambulance itself the brother died. These events have gripped a fear in to the hearts of the unbelievers and they all have one thing in their minds, to keep distance from the Christians for their God is God.

We experience problems because we do not pursue the countenance of the Lord. Persecution will come, but if we have the favour of God on us, then those who come to persecute will have fear of how great our God is. So let us not speak as christians but be Christians by imitating Christ who is God come as man and whom we can easily know and imitate.