BEHOLDING HIS BEAUTY
BY: RAY PRINZING
“One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in His temple.” (Psalm 27:4)
Well spoken are the words of the Psalmist, “Turn my eyes away from looking upon unreality,” Moffatt adds another facet, “turn mine eyes from cravings vain”. Vanity, unreality, cravings vain – surely this describes the things of this world, and satisfaction is not to be found in their realm.
The writer to the Hebrews speaking of God’s purposed position for man, how that everything is to be put in subjection under him, stated, “But now we see not yet all things put under him, BUT WE SEE JESUS…” (Heb. 2:8-9) IN HIM we behold all the triumph that is ultimately to be ours, when we are complete in Him. Note these words, “we see,” they do not signify natural sight, viewing visible things, but rather that INNER VISION, as we perceive that He is indeed Lord of all.
It is in harmony with this spiritual eyesight that we have at least part of the fulfillment of what Jesus said, “Yet a little while, and the world seeth Me no more; but ye see me.’ (John 14:19) We see Him, not after the flesh, but by the spirit, and the more we behold Him, the greater the change wrought within. For, “with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (II Cor. 3:18)
There are changes being made even now, as we SEE HIM, with each revelation used to further the transformation process, but that process shall have a climax – for “now are we the children of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; FOR WE SHALL SEE HIM AS HE IS.” (I John 3:2)
Behold the beauty of the Lord,
To know Him as He is,
This is the challenge to my heart,
Till I am fully His.