Psa. 27:4 – 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.
All of us want to have passion about something, it’s just not often we choose the right things to feel strongly about. We are excited about cars, clothes, food, and football but often have lukewarm feelings about spiritual things. There is a reason for that; our nature is corrupted and without the intervention of grace the most excellent things are unappealing to us; unless or until…. that is until we see beauty and excellency for ourselves. The beauty of God becomes like a blinding light once the blinders come on of our eyes. Suddenly we find ourselves engrossed in the beauty of God. Here is David Brainerd’s moment of seeing beauty for himself.
“I stood still, wondered, and admired! I knew that I never had seen before anything comparable to it for excellency and beauty; it was widely different from all the conceptions that ever I had of God, or things divine. I had no particular apprehension of any one Person in the Trinity, either the Father, the Son, or the Holy Ghost; but it appeared to be divine glory. My soul rejoiced with joy unspeakable to see such a God, such a glorious Divine Being; and I was inwardly pleased and satisfied that He should be God over all forever and ever. My soul was so captivated and delighted with the excellency, loveliness, greatness, and other perfections of God, that I was ever swallowed up in Him…….I felt myself in a new world, and everything about me appeared with a different aspect from what it was wont to do.”
So what is that turns your switch on? You can tell a lot about your spiritual condition by what excites you. If you are dull to spiritual things what can be done about it? I guess to find the answer we need to go to David Brainerd’s mentor, Jonathan Edwards. Edwards said that our affections are effected by what we behold. He would say, “put yourself in the place of spiritual allurement”. Beholding Christ in the written word, hearing Christ centered messages, and pressing in in worship is the place where it happens. In His presence you too can find true passion beholding the beauty of the Lord.