They are the trifecta of the Psalms. Three grand songs, back to back to back, that put on display the multi-faceted glory of our Savior. He is the suffering Savior of Psalm 22. The Shepherd Savior of Psalm 23. And the Sovereign Savior, the King of glory, in Psalm 24. If singing these three songs doesn’t stir the heart, not sure what will.
And because of faith in such a Savior, we are counted as a special people. The offspring of Jacob who stand in awe of Him, having been born again through His sufferings (22:23). The sheep of His pasture, led beside still waters, a table prepared, our heads anointed, dwelling in His house forever (23:2, 5, 6). And, those able to answer the call to ascend to His holy hill and stand in His holy place (24:3).
Re-running some slightly re-worked thoughts from 2012 reminding me of the generation to which we belong.
It’s a big deal to us in the HR field — recognizing that within society, and thus within the workforce, there are distinguishing characteristics within different generations of people. We talk about “baby boomers,” those post WW II folks, born between the late 1940’s and the early 1960’s. We take note of the generation that followed them, Gen X, those born between 1965 through to the early ’80’s. And now, we’re looking at the “Millennials” or Gen Y workforce. Each of these “generations” have, in general, a unique set of characteristics concerning how they view life and therefore, for us in the HR world, how they view work. But this morning, I’m reminded of another generation, a generation which transcends time periods. I’ll call them Gen S.
Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in His holy place? 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
(Psalm 24:3-6 ESV)
The generation of those who seek Him. Gen S.
For this “demographic” it doesn’t really matter when you were born, but that you were born again. Apart from a sovereign working of the grace of God, none seek after Him (Rom. 3:11). But Gen S’ers, though once in darkness, have been brought into marvelous light by the wooing of a Bridegroom who says, “Come to me.” They have been convicted of their need of a Savior by the Spirit whose purpose is to make Him known. They have been freed from the bondage of sin. They have been adopted as full children of God. They are the redeemed.
So, Gen S could stand for “Generation Saved.” Those who, through the application of the shed blood of Christ on their behalf, have clean hands and a pure heart. Those who through the sanctifying work of the Spirit increasingly are fueled by truth and sincerity. Those who, because they believe, are counted as righteous.
But this morning, for me, Gen S stands for “Generation Seeker.”
As with our modern day generations, Gen S’ers are also identified by what “floats their boat,” by that which intrinsically motivates them. Baby boomers, apparently, work for security. Gen X’ers, we’re told, are ambitious and work for rapid advancement. Gen Y’ers are all about balance and, generally, work only as much as they have to in order to support their lifestyle without cramping their lifestyle. And Gen S’ers? Well, their consuming desire is to ascend the hill of the LORD. Their driving passion is to stand in His holy place. Their internal GPS is set to seek the face of the God of Jacob — to seek the face of their God.
By the fact of when I was born I’ll always be classified as a “baby boomer” by those who care about the demographics of men and women. Oh, but that I might be seen as Gen S by the God who looks upon the hearts of men and women.
That I’d bear the mark of a Gen S’er in what I say, in what I do, and in how I say and do it. That, because of the work God has determined to start within me, the evidence might be apparent that one consuming passion prevails in the life of this sinner-saved-by-grace. To seek Him. To enter into that most holy place to worship Him. To draw near, by the blood of Christ in full assurance of faith, that I might commune with Him.
Such is my generation, Gen S. The generation of those who seek Him. Those who seek the face of God.
By His grace. For His glory.