Desires of the Heart
January 22, 2011 § Leave a comment
Our hearts have many desires. Some stronger than others at a particular moment. They are driven by all kinds of wants and needs. The poet of Psalm 27 expresses a deep spiritual desire to “dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple” (27:4). This is what the poet asks and seeks in the midst of great fear and danger (27:1-3). His spiritual desire of the heart is not merely a heavenly yearning that flees the messy reality of everyday life. It is not some devout feeling or religious sentimentality that seeks a kind of beauty that can only be described as an inner experience or emotion. To the contrary, it seeks a beauty that will keep safe and protects in days of trouble (27:5). When we “gaze upon the beauty of the Lord” (27:4), we are inspired to beautiful living in the midst of the not so beautiful dynamics of real life. Where will you and I seek for beauty today? We will no doubt try to satisfy our needs with many kinds of desires, but hopefully find our ultimate rest in the beauty of God’s presence that makes all the difference in all circumstances.