Seeing God’s Glory and Power
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. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. (Psa. 63:1-4) David is hungry and thirsting for God, so what does he do? He looks to the sanctuary, the place where God’s people gather to worship, and there he sees the glory and power of God. I’m not sure what David sees when he looks around the sanctuary but when I look around the “sanctuary” I see God’s power and His glory in the faces of those worshiping God. I see lives that God has touched in an amazing way; lives that Satan seemed to control, now completely turned over to Jesus! People that normally wouldn’t be found “hanging-out” together, now comfortably interacting with one another, affirming, supporting, encouraging one another. It’s God’s miracle, only God can weave such a complex mix of fabric into such a beautiful tapestry. And while I look around God’s sanctuary I am reminded how God has worked in my life too, and I am convicted and humbled at the same time. So, like David, I will bless the Lord as long as I live and lift my hands in praise and adoration, for who is like our God? What a blessing it is to be in the sanctuary of God, surrounded by those who have been healed by the blood of Jesus! Why would we not want to be here every opportunity we can get? Where else can I see firsthand the glory and power of God? Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.