2Cor. 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
David spoke often about the pleasure and blessing he found by gazing on the Lord. He said in
Psa. 27:4 “One thing have I asked 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 gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to inquire in his temple”.
One of the great ways we have of gazing on the beauty of the Lord is in engrossing ourselves in the written word of God. In the scriptures we see the beauty of Jesus Christ. After all He is the manifestation of the Father’s word. This is the place we can easily see the glory of the Lord. Soaking in the scriptures can become one of the great pleasures in our lives. Here is how Albert Barnes describes beholding the glory of the Lord.
“The mirrors of the ancients were made of burnished metal, and they reflected images with great brilliancy and distinctness. And the meaning is, that the gospel reflected the glory of the Lord; it was, so to speak, the mirror—the polished, burnished substance in which the glory of the Lord shone, and where that glory was irradiated and reflected so that it might be seen by Christians. There was no vail over it; no obscurity; nothing to break its dazzling splendor, or to prevent its meeting the eye. Christians, by looking on the gospel, could see the glorious perfections and plans of God, as bright, and clear, and brilliant as they could see a light reflected from the burnished surface of the mirror. So to speak, the glorious perfections of God shone from heaven, beamed upon the gospel, and were thence reflected to the eye and the heart of the Christian, and had the effect of transforming them into the same image.”
The effect of gazing on the beauty of the Lord is what this is all about. We are changed into the very thing we gaze upon, in this case we are being radically transformed, our very nature is being conformed to the image of Jesus. What a deal, we are transformed powerfully by the most desirable thing in this life, beholding the glory of the Lord in Christ.