Psa. 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; 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 enquire in his temple.
You can tell a lot about someone by learning of the things they value. A worldly man loves his possessions while the lustful man is all about sensual pleasures. The athlete loves the affirmation of his accomplishments while the musician may love the adoration of the crowds. The alcoholic risks his career and family for another drink while the drug user will sell everything for the fleeting pleasures found in their drug of choice. The changing of the objects of our affections is one of the great miracles Jesus performs in our lives. Somehow our heart changes as we fall hopelessly in love with Christ alone. When that happens, you know you have something real, only God can have such a radical effect on our hearts. Here is something Jonathan Edwards said about this supernatural love that we now have for The Lord.
“The saint prefers what he has already of God before anything in this world. That which was infused into his heart at his conversion is more precious to him than anything which the world can afford. The views which sometimes given him of the beauty and excellency of God are more precious to him than all the treasures of the wicked. The relation of a child in which he stands to God, the union which there is between his soul and Jesus Christ, he values more than the greatest earthly dignity. That image of God which is stamped on his soul he values more than any earthly ornaments. It is, in his esteem, better to be adorned with the graces of God’s Holy Spirit than to be made to shine in jewels of gold and the most costly pearls, or to be admired for the greatest external beauty. He values the robe of Christ’s righteousness, which he has on his soul, more than the robes of princes. The spiritual pleasures and delights which he sometimes has in God he prefers far before all the pleasures of sin. Psalm 84:10 “A day in Thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of God than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.”
I often think about the radical, permanent changes that came into my life when I was first converted to Christ. It’s hard to imagine that I was so trapped by the sinful pleasures of alcohol and drug use in my youth. In those days it seemed like I could never free myself from the snares of sin. I was stuck in my sins and I liked it. I didn’t want to stop, I liked the pleasures that sin brought into my life. In one moment all of that changed. The unthinkable happened to me. Drugs and alcohol were replaced by the Bible and worship. What had happened? Jesus had changed my heart, His beauty had captured my soul.