בָּקַשׁ פָּנִים יְהֹוָה
The Hebrew phrase is baqash paniym YHWH:
- baqash is to ask for, beg, desire “specifically in worship or prayer.” It’s a “searching as done by touching.”
- paniym literally means the face, but it carries the idea of being in someone’s presence.
- YHWH (Yahweh) is Jehovah God.
David repeatedly asked, sought, and begged through both prayer and worship that he might be in God’s presence. “Almighty God, I want to be with You. I want to know your heart intimately. I want to see Your face. I’m not seeking help from any other source, but I am resolutely seeking You alone.”
Perhaps Jesus had this in mind when He told us, “Keep on asking, keep on seeking, keep on knocking. You will get an answer, you will find what you’re seeking, the door to God’s presence will be opened to you. Your Father—YHWH, God Almighty—longs to reveal Himself to you.”
Q: How long did David seek the face of the Lord?
A: Until God spoke, until God delivered, until God opened the door.
Q: How long am I willing to keep on seeking the face of the Lord?
A: I hope I can say until God speaks, until God delivers, until God opens the door.