Closeness to God in the Old Testament

The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth. (Psalms, 145:18)

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him. (Psalms, 62:5)

To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. (Psalms, 25:1)

But your hearts must be fully committed to the Lord our God, to live by His decrees and obey His commands, as at this time. (1 Kings, 8:61)

I love those who love Me, and those who seek Me find Me. (Proverbs, 8:17)

… and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him. For the Lord is your life… (Deuteronomy, 30:20)

Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe His commands, His laws and His decrees that I am giving you this day. (Deuteronomy, 8:11)

But you are to hold fast to the Lord your God, as you have until now. (Joshua, 23:8)

Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer. (Deuteronomy, 10:16)

Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near. (Isaiah, 55:6)

My soul finds rest in God alone… (Psalms, 62:1)

The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and saves them. The Lord watches over all who love Him… (Psalms, 145:18-20)

And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve Him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever. (1 Chronicles, 28:9)

Now fear the Lord and serve Him with all faithfulness. Throw away the deities your forefathers worshiped… and serve the Lord. (Joshua, 24:14)

Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God… (Deuteronomy, 8:14)

… What does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. (Deuteronomy, 10:12)

Fear the Lord your God and serve Him. Hold fast to Him and take your oaths in His name. (Deuteronomy, 10:20)

So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the Lord your God and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul. (Deuteronomy, 11:13)

It is the Lord your God you must follow, and Him you must revere. Keep His commands and obey Him; serve Him and hold fast to Him. (Deuteronomy, 13:4)

But You are a shield around me, O Lord; You bestow glory on me and lift up my head. (Psalms, 3:3)

My shield is God Most High, Who saves the upright in heart. (Psalms, 7:10)

I will lie down and sleep in peace, for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. (Psalms, 4:8)

… for I hide myself in You. Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God… (Psalms, 143:9-10)

Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge Him. (Hosea, 6:3)

The Lord says: “These people come near to Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me….” (Isaiah, 29:13)

This is what the Lord says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord. He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes…” (Jeremiah, 17:5-6)

… I have kept the ways of the Lord; I have not done evil by turning from my God. (Psalms, 18:21)

Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love… for it is time to seek the Lord… (Hosea, 10:12)

But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always. (Hosea, 12:6)

Return… to the Lord your God. Take words with you and return to the Lord. Say to Him: “Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously…” (Hosea, 14:1-2)

Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him, and to our God, for He will freely pardon. (Isaiah, 55:7)

Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate… abounding in love… (Joel, 2:13)

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