To gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. —Psalm 27:4 ESV
When David asked to live in the Lord’s house, one of his motivations was to gaze upon the Lord’s beauty. That word gaze means “to behold; to contemplate with pleasure; to have a vision of.” David wanted to be enthralled with a vision of God. He wanted to be close enough to the Lord that he could see the beauty and the wonder of who He is.
The problem we often have is that we spend so much time looking at our circumstances and challenges that they become humongous in our eyes. They eclipse our view of God, and God seems to be tiny—if there at all! When you get a big vision of God, then all those other things fade in comparison. It’s not that they aren’t there, but they get put in perspective!
As pastor and author G. Campbell Morgan said, “The supreme need in every hour of difficulty and distress is for a fresh vision of God. Seeing Him, all else takes on proper perspective and proportion.”
Make it Personal
Today, how can you take your eyes off your circumstances and problems and fix your gaze on the Lord instead?