My heart says to you,
'Your face, LORD, do I seek.'
Turn not your servant away in anger,
O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
O God of my salvation!
For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
but the LORD will take me in.
Teach me your way, O LORD,
and lead me on a level path because of my enemies."
"David does not envisage his relation with God as something static, but as his lifelong pursuit. Moreover, he understands that his pursuit simultaneously shapes him. If he seeks God's face as he ought (27:8), if he begs for mercy so that God will deal with him in compassion and not in wrath (27:9-10), then he will also earn God's ways and walk in a straight path (27:11). This cannot be said too strongly or too often: to claim that one is pursuing God without concomitant reformation of life and growing conformity to the ways of God is wicked and dangerous nonsense."D. A. Carson, For the Love of God: A Daily Companion for Discovering the Riches of God's Word, Vol. 2 (Kindle Edition)