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Gaze Upon the Beauty of the LORD

Our highest priority should be to be in God’s presence; to gaze upon His beauty. If we want to experience God’s power we must first be in His presence. John Wimber, founder of the Vineyard, put it this way, “Don’t seek power. Seek His presence. The power is found in His presence.”

In Psalm 27, in verse 4, David says that there is only one thing he asks of God; that he (David) will always be in God’s presence gazing upon His beauty. Think about the word “gaze” for a minute. To gaze at someone, or something, is not a one-time glimpse, but rather it is to look steadily and intently. At that moment it is your highest priority; it is a sustained and steady focus upon whatever it is that has attracted your eye.

So if you want to fully experience God, seek to be in His presence. Make that your highest priority!

Psalm 27:1-6

(v.1) The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?

(2) When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.

(3) Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.

(4) 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.

(5) For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.

(6) Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD.

(Psalm 27 is 14 verses, we have just presented the first six here. We encourage to you read this Psalm in its entirety.)

Dave Garrett

New Bern, North Carolina


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