When you look at a mountain you don’t conjure up an image of a mountain in order to see it. You just open your eyes and look. The same applies to God.
David is our best example, “One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: 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 meditate in His temple” (Psalm 27:4). You can nurture your faith enough to “see” like David did. Our Lord Jesus prayed for us that we would be able to see His glory even while we are still living: “Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world” (John 17:24). When, by faith, you believe you are before the Lord, take time often to consciously trust that you are turning the eyes of your heart to look at Him in all His glory.
Contemplate each and every one of all His attributes as you look at His presence being shined upon you. Praise Him while you are doing looking at Him in this way. This point is very important because it will strengthen you against temptation and will help you to stay turned toward God and loving Him.
God commands us to see, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; and you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it’” (Jer. 6:16). Directly related to this Old Testament passage are some things that Jesus promised us, “Come to me, all who are weary and heavy-laden…and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28, 29). I don’t believe it is possible to find rest until we learn to let God quench our thirsty desires. Doing so requires that we “come to Him” and “drink.”
Again let me say that I am not talking about visualization here. I am only saying we should trust that we are looking at Him. David said, “For your loving-kindness before my eyes” (Psa. 26:3a). The Bible also says, “We have thought on your loving kindness, O God, in the midst of your temple” (Psa. 48:9). When you are trusting you are looking at the Lord, contemplate His loving
Kindness and all the attributes of His Holy Spirit being radiated upon you, When you look with your spiritual eyes, you don’t have to try to conjure up images. With a heart full of faith, simply trust you are looking at His radiance. Trust you are looking His power, love, kindness, majesty, wisdom being shined onto you here. Look at all of who He is as He shines His presence upon you. Look while resting—not while reaching and straining.
The reason David felt safe was because “my eyes are toward You, O God, the Lord; in You I take refuge; do not leave me defenseless” (Psa. 141:8b). He also wrote, “My eyes are continually toward the Lord, for He will pluck my feet out of the net” (Psalm 25:15a). The scriptures are clear that applying the principle of “looking” at the Lord should be an important part of any Christian’s spiritual life.
Dr. Daniel James GRACE