He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah – PS 24
For the grace of God has appeared… training us to renounce ungodliness… and to live godly lives in the present age – Titus
Strive… for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God – Hebrews
I tend to think of a generation as a group of people born within a certain time span – my generation, my parents’ generation, or the “next” generation. (The latter being the ones some think should drive the bus before they’ve taken the road test. Don’t get me started.)
But here I like the word generation to mean, not people separated by age but a group of people set apart, over all the ages, by the way they seek to live. They are the chosen generation Peter speaks of.
And what do they look like?
Ps 24 says they are honest about who they are – who God says they are. They are not little “Pigpens” walking around in their own cloud of dust when it comes to faith. Whoever said, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”, made a good point. The generation that stands close to God can tell when their robes are dirty or their face is smudged and they know where to find the soap.
They are honest in their dealings with others (Ps 24). Unlike the Pharisees of Bible times or the hawkers of ours, their goal is transparent living. They have been called out of darkness and daily walk in the direction of Light.
They know that Godliness and Holiness are products of God’s grace (Titus, Hebrews). They know with Paul, salvation begins by the Spirit and cannot be matured by human effort. Grace is the tool of the tutor. With it He calls and also empowers.
This is the generation being purified as they seek His face.
This is the generation to which I have been named.
When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.” – Psalm 27:8