Ever have those moments when a sunset or a sunrise just takes your breath away? This morning, my two kids were playing with their Christmas presents in the living room, and I started to open the blinds for the sun to stream in and noticed a beautiful sunrise reflecting in the pond behind our house. I had to take a double look because it was seriously so breathtaking! Ever since we moved here back in 2009, that pond never disappoints.
The golden rays of light were beaming out from behind the clouds as if the sun had just woken up and was stretching. The woods looked grey and the sky was a grey blue. The yellow was just stunning. It made me think about how every day God gives us visible proofs of His amazing beauty.
I find sometimes that I am distracted from seeing His beauty by my worries and fears. How I allow those things to filter out the majesty of His faithfulness.
Today, I want us to focus on His beauty and how we can delight in Him.
I looked up the word “beauty” in my keyword study Bible and found a few verses that linked so well together.
Psalm 27:4 says, “One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek; That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. To behold the beauty of the Lord, and to meditate in His Temple.”
In this verse, David is pouring out to the Lord that all he truly desires is to be near God. God has kept David safe from his enemies and the trust David has is one that encourages my heart so much. Here we see that David is just asking God to let him just BE in His presence. To delight in Him and to just behold His beauty.
Why would he want that and nothing else to satisfy this longing? Look at verse 5 and 6. He knows that God will be His fortress and Helper. David has run from everyone he knows and all he has left is God. That may come off wrong, so let me rephrase this. David realizes he ONLY has God and ONLY wants God. He has seen God work and restore in his own life as well as how God has spared his life many times.
The word “behold” means to “gaze at”; mentally to perceive, contemplate with pleasure.
This morning when I was looking out my window at the beautiful sunrise, I was “beholding” God’s beauty in creation. I didn’t get to gaze too long because of kids, but in that moment it was if nothing held my eyes BUT that scene. It’s like those chick flick movies where guy sees girl from across the room and for the director to portray this eye lock, we start to see the vignette or “blur” appear and everyone is in the background but the main two characters.
When we gaze upon God, whether it is in His Word or in His creation, we are mentally contemplating Him. We only see Him and everything else fades into the background. That crazy rush of “awe” that overwhelms our soul is something that I don’t think any of us could get sick of! And that is exactly what David is asking from God. That He can just be in His presence and gaze at Him.
I remember back when my husband and I were just friends, I just wanted to see him somewhere in my day. It didn’t matter if it was somewhere before lunch or before I went in for the night to my dorm. I longed to just see his face somewhere on campus! When I did see him it was like nothing else mattered and my day was made. Little did I know he was doing the exact same thing! He told me that it always made his day to see me too.
There are times in our walks when we just long so much to see God. We long to see Him work in our lives and change our hearts to be more like Him. We may long to read His words and just soak in them because it’s “being in His presence”. It doesn’t matter what may be going on or when we get to “see” Him, but when it happens it just makes our day.
Then there are days we forget about that rush of , “Wow!! That was a God moment, I want more of that!” and go on with our every day lives. I find myself in that state of “spiritual” life more than I want to be. But when I think about why that is, it’s because my focus is distracted by the things of this world.
So how do we focus on the “beauty” of God and long to be in His presence? How do we gaze upon Him and linger when we want answers from Him?
Psalm 27:11– ” Teach me Thy way O Lord, And lead me in a level path.”
When we ask God to teach us, He is going to show us what is the next step to take. That next step might be the answer to your question or it can be just to “gaze” at His beauty to remind you of His faithfulness. His ways are higher and better than our ways. And all His ways are chaos free. His ways lead to paths of righteousness and will guide us in His understanding, not in our own. (Isaiah 55:8,9; Psalm 25:10; Proverbs 3:5,6)
We have a promise in Isaiah 33:17, that we WILL see the King in His beauty. We may not see why God is allowing things to happen in our life or why we are just struggling to find an answer to what our next step will be. But like this verse promises, God will be visible for us to gaze at His beauty. Whether that is a physical thing in creation (like this morning for me) or in the way He brings peace and strength to your heart through His word, He will draw near if we draw near (James 4:8).
My encouragement to you today is verse 14 of our original Psalm 27 passage.
“Wait for the Lord, Be strong, and let your heart take courage, Yes wait for the Lord.”
And while you are waiting, behold Him and linger just a while longer in His presence. You can delight in the wait.