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

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  For information on her work for the military and their families please visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org   Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation.

Author: Elizabeth Fulgaro

I am a God-seeker--a Jesus-worshipper--a Holy Spirit follower. I create songs, devotions, prayers, books and Bible studies to give words with which to get to know God more. For you. Its for one-on-One encounter unto transformed, transcendent living. This is not my vocation. I am not professional. I am a real, ordinary person just looking to do what God put me here to do. (You have a unique purpose too.) So I am called to the work. It is not my income source, but my gift to those who find it blessing. Eagles Nest Foundation sponsors all projects for you. The result: pure, clean spiritual nutrition to feed that deep insatiable spiritual hunger which eventually overtakes each of us and galvanizes you to the life God has for you. This life is purposeful. Exceptional. You--yes, you--are called to something greater and more satisfying in His service. So it is hoped you'll try this spiritually dense nutrition and find it to be a personal blessing. However, the goodness of God-following doesn't stop there. He uses those who seek Him to be His love and care (justice, mercy, advocate, kindness) very tangibly in the lives of those around you. Not by your power but by His. His ideas. God ideas. Not just good ideas. To be part of changing the world, if you will let Him. You learn to just follow where He leads. That if you listen, He will teach you to hear His voice and then when you obey His inner promptings you will become His incredible hands and feet in this hard world. These materials will help! They will help you aim your life towards God in a way you never look back. You will not be the same. He will become the River in your desert spaces and you will become a conduit of this same River of refreshing, replenishing Water of Life to others. Find a prayer. Pick a blog post. Read a book. Be led deeper into the Bible. Select a song which resonates and use it and use it again to go close and ever closer to the God who longs to draw you near. Oh, and don't be tempted to think I'm a crazy over-spiritualized loony...My background is financial planning and counseling. Almost 40 years of it. To choose to believe in God is not to leave practicality and reason behind, but to learn that there is that which goes beyond it and includes it, unto true life fulfillment beyond all your dreams for the one who keeps seeking Him. I am a third generation Californian. I am a person to whom family means everything. The only priority higher is God. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are my home. It is here the 1849-1856 Gold Rush is still glorified. Easy money? Actually only for the few. Even though I was raised in the Church, it took me ten years of doubting God even existed to realize that without Him, no matter how much of this life's "stuff" is accumulated, I actually have nothing. To come to know that all those who chased after gold are dead and all those who still chase stuff will be dead. That's when I became a God-seeker. Looking for that more. And Eureka! (This is California's state slogan and means I found it.) I found God...or rather, I discovered He was there and had been there waiting for me to look for Him the whole time. May you discover more of Him for you, greater flourishing life and greater flourishing for all in the world as well. God bless you! ~Elizabeth

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