This past Sunday, Pastor Dihan continued his series on the core values of Renew Church LA by focusing on the 7th value, which is beauty. Here is a summary of what he spoke on, in case you missed it.
When you are faced with trouble or feel like the enemy is surrounding you, where is your focus? As humans, our tendency is to become anxious and feel overwhelmed, even defeated, but David gives us a clear picture of what we should do when we are in these situations. In Psalm 27:4 scripture says “One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I might 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.” In the face of chaos, David’s response was simply to be still and gaze on the beauty of God. David was aligning himself so that God's beauty encompassed who he is. This is because David knows that God’s beauty sooths our anxious hearts. The ability to be still in the midst of chaos is not one that comes naturally to us; it is one that needs to be practiced and sought after.
David could have tried to take matters into his own hands and become fearful of the army that was practically on his doorstep, but He chose to keep his eyes locked on God and not on the trouble in front of him. When we fall into the temptation of looking to other things or people before we look to God, we conform our minds to those possibilities that we can see in the natural. We limit our view of God because we have taken our eyes off of Him.
When we do this, our view of God becomes skewed, we just see him as a crayon scribble instead of the majestic masterpiece and holy being that He is. C.S. Lewis wrote: “The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them; it was not in them, it only came through them, and what came through them was a longing. These things-the beauty, the memory of our own past-are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself, they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshipers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only a scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited.”
We are designed to be mesmerized by beauty, but the only beauty that will heal, soothe and call us by name is our beautiful God. Spend time this week gazing upon His beauty in worship, meditating on His Word, prayer, and in taking time to give glory to Him by noticing His beautiful creation around you.