Devotion: Beholding Him

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2010

1O GOD, You are my God, earnestly will I seek You; my inner self thirsts for You, my flesh longs and is faint for You, in a dry and weary land where no water is.

    2So I have looked upon You in the sanctuary to see Your power and Your glory.

    3Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.

    4So will I bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.

    5My whole being shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips

    6When I remember You upon my bed and meditate on You in the night watches.

    7For You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings will I rejoice.

    8My whole being follows hard after You and clings closely to You; Your right hand upholds me.

    9But those who seek and demand my life to ruin and destroy it shall [themselves be destroyed and] go into the lower parts of the earth [into the underworld of the dead].  Ps. 63:1-9

David entered the sanctuary to see and meet with God.  Do we take the time to go meet with God or do we expect Him to follow along with our busy schedules.

His call is for us to worship and follow Him, not for Him to follow us.  He asks us to trust in Him, to trust who He says He is, is therefore true, and to therefore trust in His promises.

He is Protector and Provider.  He created all things.  He has dominion over all things and all things are in His hands.  We can do nothing without Him.  Part of our spiritual act of worship is to enter His sanctuary, stop doing and be with Him beholding Him, meditating on Him.  He is infinite, therefore we can never exhaust learning more about Him and having His Spirit bless us with better understanding of His Way.

Notice, David beheld God in His sanctuary and meditated on Him as David lay on his bed throughout the night. Therefore day and night David sought God’s Presence.

Like us, David also had to attend to his earthly life.  He was a King, family man and warrior.  But wherever he was during his day, David remembered God’s place in it, worshipped (praised) and sought Him more.  David was a man after God’s heart!

He sought more of the infinite God and God was well-pleased.

Remembering God and His place in our lives throughout the day is not as difficult as it seems.  It’s what God desires from us too.  And He promises if we will take time for Him and put seeking Him first, He will take care of everything else.

31Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear?

    32For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.

    33But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.    Matt. 6:31-32

1KEEP and protect me, O God, for in You I have found refuge, and in You do I put my trust and hide myself.

    2I say to the Lord, You are my Lord; I have no good beside or beyond You.

    …    5The Lord is my chosen and assigned portion, my cup; You hold and maintain my lot.

    6The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; yes, I have a good heritage.

    7I will bless the Lord, Who has given me counsel; yes, my heart instructs me in the night seasons.

    8I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

    9Therefore my heart is glad and my glory [my inner self] rejoices; my body too shall rest and confidently dwell in safety,

    10For You will not abandon me to Sheol (the place of the dead), neither will You suffer Your holy one [Holy One] to see corruption.    Psalm 16:

    11You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.(   Psalm 16:1-2,5-11

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