LOOKING UPON GOD
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Psalm 63:1,2
David had caught a glimpse of God in his life. Once that happens to someone, their life is changed permanently. How can someone go back to the menial, natural life after they have seen the Glory of the Lord. David had seen what natural eyes can never see, he had seen the Goodness of the Lord only seen by those who have been given eyes to see. Have you ever caught the sense of His presence, not just a belief in that God, but a spiritual partaking of that Goodness? This is what had effected David and this is why he had to sing. Charles Spurgeon makes some amazing obsevations in his comments on this verse. “Our misery is that we thirst so little for these sublime things, and so much for the mocking trifles of time and sense. We are in very truth always in a weary land, for this is not our rest; and it is marvellous that believers do not more continuously thirst after their portion far beyond the river where they shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; but shall see the face of their God, and his name shall be in their foreheads. David did not thirst for water or any earthly thing, but only for spiritual manifestations. The sight of God was enough for him, but nothing short of that would content him. How great a friend is he, the very sight of whom is consolation. Oh, my soul, imitate the psalmist, and let all thy desires ascend towards the highest good; longing here to see God, and having no higher joy even for eternity.”
I think we are all far to content with spiritual life void of the power and manifestations of God. Christianity is more than a creed or a philosophy of life, it is a life filled with power, the very power of Almighty God. It is easy to be lulled to sleep, being told that we shouldn’t have to “feel” anything. Spritual perception, or seeing, is not the same as physical feelings. We rarely feel or see spiritual reality with our natural senses, but our spiritual eyes and ears are opened by the grace of God. As we hunger for Him and long to “see” the Glory of His Presence, He will reveal Himself, He always does.