A Study on the Pursuit of Holiness
There are so many books on pursuing God, pursuing holiness or following hard after God. This tells me that readers want more of God but they are not sure how to do it. I would love to condense it for you, but first, I have a question for you, do you desire more of God?
This study will help you answer the questions of why, when and how to express your desire for more of God.
I remember when my husband and I were dating, I’d be at work all day but at 4 pm, I knew I would see him that evening. I wanted to be with him because I enjoyed his company. We had fun and we laughed a lot. I looked forward to our time together.
God wants this from you, too. He wants you to enjoy being with Him, spending time together and yes, even laughing together. He desires that you long to be with Him.
David shared his heart with us when he penned
Psalm 143:6 I spread out my hands to You; My soul longs for You like a thirsty land. NKJV
Psalm 42:1-2 As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? NKJV
Do you feel the way David did?
When to Desire More of God
I long to be in His presence and most days I make it there. When I focus my attention on Him, my spirit meets with Him.
I want to help you, even in the busyness of your day, to find your way to that place where you are in His presence, just you and Him. He longs to be with you and He is waiting for you.
This reminds me of the time I came home to find my husband waiting for me, well, we had just met so we weren’t even dating yet. He had been sitting on the bench outside the building entrance for an hour. When I got out of my vehicle, it was a pleasant surprise to see him there.
God is waiting for you. While He will take snippets of your time, He would also like your undivided attention.
Let’s examine how David felt about God in Psalm 63:1 NKJV
O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.
To sum up this verse, David had a desire for more of God. Let’s break this down.
- David sought God early in the day. This means before he became too busy with the days’ activities, he spent time with God. Spending time with God at the start of the day gives you a sense of His presence that stays with you all day long. You also receive direction for your day, too, as your ‘steps are ordered of God,’ Psalm 37:23.
- David was thirsty for God. He wasn’t satisfied with a once a week visit, he wanted more. Only God could satisfy this thirst.
- He longed for more of God. The King James word, “longeth,” means to ‘pine after’, to ‘long for.’ This is a strong desire, a yearning for more. The pursuit is on.
Why You Should Desire More of God
Are you at the point where you want more of God? Are you pining for Him? These Biblical truths will give you reasons why you should desire more of God:
God’s name is holy in heaven and He is worshipped non-stop by the four beasts and the 24 elders, Revelation 4:8, 11.
Moses wanted to see God’s face but God denied his request. God’s holiness is so purely brilliant that no one could see Him and live. God protected Moses from this brilliance by shielding him in the cleft of the rock and allowing him to see His back as He passed by. Even seeing His back was enough to make Moses’ face glow from His glory, Exodus 33:19-23.
Throughout the Old Testament, we read of God’s holiness, His justice, mercy, righteousness, and grace. When we turn to the New Testament, we read “Be ye holy, for I am holy.” To accomplish this, we must be ‘set apart.’ (1 Peter 1:15-16; 2 Peter 3:11). Read this post to learn more about What Does Set Apart to God Mean?
All through the ages, since Adam and Eve, we have had the call to be holy as God is holy, to be set apart for God.
Romans 12:1-2 explains how we can be holy before God. It is by presenting ourselves as a living sacrifice, our whole being, is presented holy and acceptable to God. Then in verse 2, we read two words that sum it up. Don’t ‘conform’ to the world but instead be ‘transformed’ through our thoughts and understanding as we do the things that are acceptable to holy God.
To summarize these truths, we discover that God is worshipped in heaven continually and that the glory of God is so brilliant that no man can see it and live. God is holy, righteous, just and full of grace. He demands, not suggests, demands that we be holy and set apart for Him. This translates to desiring more of Him.
We now know why we should desire more of God. Next, let’s express that desire in worship.
Visit the Throne Room
Do you find it hard to find your way to the throne room? I totally understand. There’s been many a morning when I was on my way there but got distracted by other things. Sometimes, after dealing with the distractions, I was able to find myself in the throne room but other times, I never made it. So, if this happens to you too, you’re not alone.
When I began this study, I saw myself in the mirror of holiness and saw someone who wears garments of rags. In myself, I am nothing, simply a sinner saved by the grace and mercy of God. It is only through His grace and mercy that He sees me as wearing a robe of righteousness. I can now approach Him in worship.
My office contains a couch, a study table, my bookcase, and my computer desk. I can sit on my couch and look around but that won’t bring me into His presence. I need to purposefully make my way there. Here’s what I do:
- Remove all distraction. Put the computer speakers and phone on mute.
- Have a notepad and pen handy to write down those intruding thoughts but only in point form. Don’t spend too much time on them as that would divert you from your goal of visiting the throne room.
- Close the door, especially if there are other people in the home that could come in to see you at any time. You could put a “Meeting in progress” sign on the door if you want.
- Begin to pray using the Powerful Breakthrough Verses to Pray the ACTS Way. Start with the verses under “A” – Adoration and focus on the full meaning of these verses as you begin to worship Him.
- If my intention is to bring petitions to Father, then I pray the ACTS way but if my intention is to simply be in His presence, I use a few of the adoration verses then I move into the next step.
- Listen to worship music, specifically songs that focus on Him and not on us. For example, there are two hymns that are beautiful songs to worship Him. Holy, Holy, Holy by Reginald Heber and John B. Dykes and the other is Holy, Holy by Jimmy Owens. You can find both of these in hymn books or through a lyrics website.
- There is another song that I have been singing repeatedly and that is Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty, performed by Michael W Smith.
- Either in this visit to the throne room or your next visit, try this. You’ll need blank paper, colour pencils, your Bible and possibly, even tissues as you may find yourself weeping before God. Read Revelation 4. This chapter may very well ‘undo’ you as you read this slowly and carefully. In fact, I encourage you to draw out the scene as John describes it. You may find yourself in awe of what you see as you are led deeper into worship.
Are you ready to visit the throne room with me? Let’s listen to this performance. Let your spirit move with the Holy Spirit. Spend as much time as you need worshipping.
That’s a Wrap
Well, my spirit is moved by the holiness of God. As I listen to this video, I am worshipping God, arms outstretched, and tears flowing down my face. Yet I must finish writing this. Is this how you are feeling too, after being in his presence?
It is my prayer that you are moved by His presence, that you hunger and thirst for more of God. That you seek Him early in your day so His presence will linger with you all day long.
This post sets the groundwork for this Study on the Pursuit of Holiness. Part 2 is coming next. I asked you a question at the start, do you desire more of God? I’d love to hear from you.