Devotional | Gazing upon Beauty


“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 NIV)

The Lord has been impressing upon my heart what it means to have eyes that are not shifted, distracted, or removed from the face of Jesus, whose eyes of passion are fixed upon each one of us. The cry of my heart is encapsulated in Psalms 27:4, which speaks of gazing upon the beauty of the Lord. To have eyes that are focused on our Onething, we must first have a heart that is dependent. A dependent heart is not weary but rests secure in the arms of a Father who is faithful to hold His child close to His heart. For example: a baby is still in the arms of a parent because they trust in the strength of the one holding them.

We are called to lean, to rest and find our security in the embrace of our Father. He gazes upon us, willing to watch us grow. He is stretching our hearts, and pulling us near, as we go about our lives making choices, deciding where to go. The gaze of our eyes determines our destination; if our eyes are focused on the eyes of our Beloved and friend, then every step we take, and every decision we make, becomes an invitation pulling us closer to the one we were created for. The Lord promises us that we will see and know the beauty of who He is.

My heart is learning what it means to lean and what it means to be the movement of God’s heart here on earth without shifting my gaze from the heart I desire to demonstrate. The Father is longing for eyes that are focused, not because He is longing to control us, but rather because He is longing to reveal His beauty. He is more than willing to reveal who He is to those who look upon Him. He is waiting for eyes that are steady so that He may impart what it means to cling, and to rest under the shadow of His wing. Let’s allow our eyes to become focused, and our hearts to be still. We are transformed simply by looking upon love Himself: Jesus, our Onething.