Gazing Part Two

To gaze is to behold. As 2 Corinthians 3:18 says it brings inner transformation. We become who or what we behold. This morning I was thinking about what it means to gaze upon the Lord. We are beholding Him as He is beholding us.
Yesterday I read Exodus 24. Verses 9-18 are about being on the mountain with God. I tried to imagine it through the eyes of the ones who were there. It was Moses, Joshua, and 70 elders.
Verse 10 says, “And they saw the God of Israel. And there was under His feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and it was like the very heavens in its clarity.”
Now compare that to Psalm 104:1-2. It says, “Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, You are very great; You are clothed with honor and majesty, who cover Yourself with light as with a garment…”
Think about Isaiah’s words describing his experience. Isaiah 6:1 says, “…I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.”
Not one of the above three passages could describe God. They only spoke of something about Him. I love Psalm 145:3 which says, “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable.”
We know from His word that He is love, gracious, faithful, merciful, gentle, longsuffering, all powerful, all knowing, all present, all sufficient, and the list continues.
Here is a verse to consider. Psalm 34:5 says, “They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed.” They gazed upon the Lord, and their face reflected His glory.
Moses spent time in the presence of the Lord. Exodus 34:29 says, “Now it was so, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai…that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him.”
I encourage you to spend time gazing. It is the posture for inner transformation. The more we spend time in His Presence of holiness, the more the hidden things of shame will surface. Gazing refines like fire. The wood, hay, and stubble of our lives is exposed and consumed. Our face will reflect His glory as a testimony of His holiness at work within us.

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