(from the blog series: “Treasuring Christ At Christmas“) 

“One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek:  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 seek him in his temple.”

–David, Psalm 27:4 

Scottish preacher-poet, Robert Murray M’Cheyne, encourages us, “For every look at self, take ten looks at Christ.”   This invaluable insight sets us on the right path to treasuring Christ. 

Our EYES marvel at the majesty of Michelangelo’s “Statue of David.”  We travel great distances to gaze upon his beauty.  He stands, perhaps, as history’s most celebrated monument to human perfection. 

But the man, David, was not content to gaze at himself.  In the “Psalm of David” (27:4) we hear a man, who had EVERYTHING, declare that his singular want was for this ONE thing; “to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.”  Beneath the layers of his own human splendor flamed a ferocious appetite to feast his eyes upon the one who is truly perfect.  This insatiable hunger lies within each of us! 

God has created us with an enormous capacity to treasure (worship, feast), intended for the unique purpose of mining the “unsearchable riches of Christ.” (Eph. 3:8)

This Christmas, may our EARS (also) marvel at the majesty of God’s “Psalm of David.” And may we travel the great distance in our hearts “to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.” 

As Acts (17:27) says, “he is not far from each one of us….”


About Brandon Durham

I love the sound of well-composed words, and especially words that ring true in the ears! For that reason, I love the Bible! God’s Word, in all of its glory, has a way of opening our eyes, causing our hearts to burn with wanting resonance. In a world of darkness, dissonance, and disbelief in God, Jesus sends out his disciples, armed with confidence that the truth of the gospel will conquer resistance, change lives, and, generally speaking, carry the day! To those great and exciting ends, I work to articulate crisp, gospel-centered rhyme and reason. “For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.” —Jesus, Luke 22:15
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