Psalm 27:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 27:8, NIV: "My heart says of you, 'Seek his face!' Your face, LORD, I will seek."

Psalm 27:8, ESV: "You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.”"

Psalm 27:8, KJV: "When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek."

Psalm 27:8, NASB: "When You said, 'Seek My face,' my heart said to You, 'Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.'"

Psalm 27:8, NLT: "My heart has heard you say, 'Come and talk with me.' And my heart responds, 'LORD, I am coming.'"

Psalm 27:8, CSB: "My heart says this about you: "Seek his face." LORD, I will seek your face."

What does Psalm 27:8 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

David knew the Lord wanted him to seek His face. In fact, this is God's desire for all people: the word translated "seek" from the original Hebrew of this verse is addressed to a group of people, not just one person.

To "seek God's face" is to strongly desire His presence and blessing. David responded to the Lord's invitation wholeheartedly. Perhaps, as David wrote Psalm 27, he recalled the Lord's words in Deuteronomy 4:29, 31: "You will seek the LORD your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul…For the LORD your God is a merciful God, He will not leave you or destroy you or forget the covenant with your fathers that he swore to them."

In Jeremiah 29:13 the Lord promises: "You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart." Our prayers for an awareness of the Lord's presence and blessings must never be halfhearted or complacent. We must pray fervently with the whole heart and in faith (James 1:5–8; 5:16).