Day 11: January 11, 2019
In the second study this week, we turned our attention to David’s desire to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of his life in intimate communion with God. Despite all the trouble around him, David’s desire was the Lord. He then described what that means: gazing on the beauty of the Lord and seeking Him in His temple. Whether you looked up the Hebrew words, or compared to other versions of the Bible, you discovered that to “seek Him in His temple” means more than simply looking for Him. To seek Him means to inquire of Him or to meditate on Him. And it is with that thought that you are invited to consider the words of Charles Spurgeon on this very topic:
Your eyes will behold the king in his beauty. – Isaiah 33:17
The more you know about Christ, the less will you be satisfied with superficial view of Him; and the more deeply you study His transactions in the eternal covenant, His engagements on your behalf as the eternal Security, and the fullness of His grace that shines in all His offices, the more truly will you see the King in His beauty. Learn to look at Him this way. Long increasingly to see Jesus. Meditation and contemplation are often like windows of gold and gates of silver through which we behold the Redeemer. Meditation puts the telescope to the eye and enables us to see Jesus in better fashion than we could have seen Him if we had lived in the days of His earthly sojourn. Our conversation ought to be more in heaven, and we should be more taken up with the person, the work, the beauty of our incarnate Lord. More meditation, and the beauty of our incarnate Lord. More meditation, and the beauty of the King would flash upon us with more splendor. Beloved, it is very probable that we will have such a sight of our glorious King as we never had before when we come to die. Many saints in dying have looked up from amidst the stormy waters and have seen Jesus walking on the waves of the sea and heard Him say, “It is I – do not be afraid.” Yes, when the building begins to shake, and the mortar falls away, we will see Christ through the studs, and between the rafters the sunlight of heaven will come streaming in. But if we want to see the King face to face in all His beauty, we must go to heaven for the sight or the King must come here in person. If only He would come on the wings of the wind! He is our Husband, and we are widowed by His absence; He is our fair and faithful Brother, and we are lonely without Him. Thick veils and clouds hang between our souls and their true life: When will the day break and the shadows run away? Let the long-expected day begin! (Charles Spurgeon, Morning and Evening, Wheaton: Crossway, 2003, November 16 Evening entry)
What keeps you preoccupied and distracted? Write these things down.
In what ways do you see Jesus as the beauty of the Lord? Write them down.
As you pray today, praise Jesus for those things you regard as beautiful about Him. Confess those things that distract you and ask Him to help you focus on those beautiful things…that you may experience what David prayed and dwell in the house of the Lord, today and all your days.
Church-Wide Prayer Focuss
Pray that our pastors and leaders will be grace-oriented.
Pray for these Harvesters:
Dave & Carol Garrott
Ann & David Gatewood, Sarah Willis
Missionary: David Hancock (Peru)