SONG: It’s a funny thing. Two weeks ago, I had never heard this song at all before. It was just recently a new worship song at church. Now I hear it every time I put K-LOVE on the radio or listen to Hillsong Radio on Google Play. This song, which focuses on the sheer beauty and power of Jesus’ name, is called What a Beautiful Name.
SCRIPTURE: What a Beautiful Name is, as the Lord would have it, perfectly aligned with a scripture He has brought to my remembrance this week. I love Psalm 27. In fact, I cited it in last week’s Scripture and a Song (You Make Me Brave). This week, Psalm 27:4 is the verse I have been ruminating about.
One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
Psalm 27:4 (NIV)
I view this as a sister scripture to Matthew 6:33 (Seek first the kingdom of God…). I often get so caught up in what I need or want God to do in my life that I forget to pause and just bask in the beauty and majesty of who He is. He is enough. I need to keep Jesus first. I need to just sit and be quiet with Him. Seeking after my own desires must pause and fall under the submission of His matchless beauty. Everything in my experiences and devotional time in the past week has pointed to the idea of just GOD being the focus of my heart and mind, as these two scriptures relate. I need to just behold His majesty, forgetting all the things of this earthly life that gnaw and clutch at my heart. Is He not the Lord of all the universe? If I believe He is, I have to be still and let Him do a refining work in my life. I must marvel at and rest in His beauty and proclaim from the deepest corners of my being:
You have no rival, You have no equal
Now and forever, Our God reigns
Yours is the Kingdom, Yours is the glory
Yours is the Name, above all names
PRAYER: Beautiful Jesus, forgive me for not putting You first as I should. Help me to seek You, to rest in Your presence as I consider Your great beauty. Lord, I want to give you first place. My desire is to grow closer to You, to be more like You and to serve You above all else, even my own wants and needs. I love you and am so grateful that You are loving and patient. Show me Your glory, Your beauty, and Your magnificent plan for me. Everything You offer far surpasses the temporary pleasures of this life. I want to dwell in Your presence all the days of my life until we meet face to face. I pray it in Your mighty name, AMEN.