How Do We See The Beauty Of The Lord?

This is the cry of our hearts, is it not? As people of faith, our greatest desire is to be in God’s presence in every moment of every day. David expresses three heartfelt yearnings for God’s presence here. The are the deepest desires of his soul. They are our deepest yearnings as well. They are expressed in three active verbs: “ to Dwell.” “ to Gaze.” And “to Seek.”

These words speak to our own hearts. I pray every morning that I will be aware of God’s presence around me, and in me, at all times. I pray to see him in his creation as I look out my window in my writing office and to dwell upon it for a moment as if I were in the “house of the Lord” here and now. I want to dwell in the house of the Lord with my whole heart, my whole mind, my whole strength, and my whole soul in every moment of my day. I pray, too, for the grace to dwell in my own house with my wife, with a sense of awe, respect and honor that is fitting to one who dwells the House of the Lord all the days of his life. When I enter into prayer, I am entering the House of the Lord. I try to enter my prayer humbly. I sit, and wait, and listen, for I am entering the presence of God.

Throughout my day, wherever I am, I wish to open enough to be surprised by the beauty of the Lord in all things, and then to gaze upon it with tender and humble awe. I wish to see him in the faces of others, in the beauty of the world around me, and to share my love of the Lord with others willingly and joyfully. I believe that God is always present in the world, and that he is the source of all that is beautiful. It is often very hard to see God’s beauty because we are overwhelmed by the pain and the suffering in the world. It is often hard to see him through the angers, the brokenness, and the hurts that we see in others, but he is there if we look more deeply. We must form the habits of seeing the Lord’s beauty wherever it reveals itself, and of gazing upon it with humble awe and wonder.

How do we do this? By developing the habit of seeking the Lord in all things and in all that we do. There is nothing, and no one, more worthy of our love and attention than the Lord. It is his desire that we seek him. He does not hide his face from us. To seek is to be moved by the desire to find. God can be found anywhere, if we are seeking him with a faithful heart. All of creation is the “house of the Lord.’ How do we live in it? How do we honor it with our lives? What would the world and all of our relationships be like if we believed and acted as if we were in his holy house in every moment?

Lord, like David, we too wish to dwell in your house all the days of our lives. With all of our being we wish to be in your presence and to gaze upon your beauty. Give us the wisdom to seek you in all things throughout our days. Hear our heartfelt prayer, Lord. Amen!

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Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site blog.