These are the people who chase after Him;
[like Jacob, they look for the face of God]
These people, that the psalmist refers to, are people of integrity and honesty before God. They are able to come into His presence, to ‘ascend the hill of the Lord’.
Ears to listen, eyes to see—
the Eternal designed them both.
They have put their eyes and ears to the purpose God created them for – to honour and worship Him. They desire to live holy and righteous lives and knowing they cannot do so in their own strength they chase after the face of God. They, like Jacob, are willing to wrestle with God knowing they will be seen truly and known completely and that the God who requires holiness will mould and change them until they are holy.
Hezekiah (to the Levites):5 Listen to me. First, you must sanctify yourselves so that you can sanctify the temple of the Eternal One, the True God of your ancestors, and remove the immoral and ungodly items that are there.
The Israelites had rites and rituals to follow that would sanctify them temporarily. An endless stream of sacrifices that would keep them in God’s grace. They forgot and fell away but God, unlike us, is faithful and restored (and restores) the repentant.
7 The truth is that none of us live for ourselves, and none die for ourselves. 8 For if we live, we live for the Lord. If we die, we die for the Lord. So in both life and death, we belong to the Lord.
This is the life He wants for us, that He has always desired for those who are His people. Lives lived for Him, in Him, through Him and with Him. We know the once and for all sacrifice of the Lamb of God; a sacrifice that removed the need for daily bloodshed and instead made it possible for us to come freely into His presence. A sacrifice that should make us long to chase after Him with all our energy.
A sacrifice that calls for the one Paul describes in Romans 12:1: a bigger more costly sacrifice than any number of lambs or bulls, one that is offered constantly. Not for the forgiveness of sins, or to make us worthy but because we are worthy through Jesus and this sacrifice of ourselves is the reasonable, logical response to a God who loves us so much.
36 so Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced over how quickly the True God had changed the hearts of the people and brought them back to following Him.
The people of Israel, celebrating the fulfilment of their duty to God got a glimpse of the joy and peace that should be ours today. They rejoiced because God had been quick to answer. He is still quick to answer especially when it comes to changing our hearts.
If we seek Him, seek His face, seek His presence, look for Him then He will always be found because that is His promise.