Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Wednesday Weekly Devotional

By Pastor Taylor Sexton

Where is your gaze? 

“One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.” – Psalm 27:4

Have you ever found yourself totally entranced or captivated by something or someone? I remember the first time I was in Washington State hiking in the Cascades and once I reached the summit of the hike I was totally captivated by the view. Being from central Illinois I had never seen mountains in person before and I was blown away by their beauty and I could not pull my gaze away. Perhaps you have had a similar experience or have been captivated by your spouse or a newborn baby. 

David was captivated by the Lord as he wrote ‘…to gaze on the beauty of the Lord…’ in Psalm 27:4. 

The word Gaze comes from the Hebrew word Chazah which means to perceive, contemplate with pleasure, to behold, and to look. In other words, David was not simply seeking to glance at the Lord, but instead his desire was to purposefully contemplate the magnificence of God. 

I wonder when the last time you set your gaze upon God was? When was the last time you contemplated the beauty of the Lord? There are many things that seek to pull our gaze away from God. Some of these things may be out of our control, but many are in our control. We can control the things we look at and the things that hold our attention each day. We can seek out space to get rid of the distractions of life and set our gaze upon our heavenly Father.  I wonder if there is something in your life that is holding your gaze that should not be? As followers of God we must gaze upon God daily and contemplate the ways of the Lord. When we do this we will be filled up by the glory, love, peace, and power of God so that we can live the life we are called to live. 

Take time each day this week to gaze upon the Lord and delight in His beauty.