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I’m Doug Apple...and my heart is on fire! (Luke 24:32)
My eyes are ever toward the Lord, to behold the beauty of the Lord.
That’s my own personal mix of Psalm 25:15 and Psalm 27:4.
Add to that the message of Psalm 101:3, I will set before my eyes no vile thing.
What a contrast!
We can ever turn our eyes toward the Lord to behold the beauty of the Lord, or we can set before our eyes vile things.
And when we set before our eyes vile things, it BLINDS us to the beauty of the Lord.
You say, “Man, I’m TRYING to see the beauty of the Lord, but I’m not seeing it.”
Maybe it’s because you are setting before your eyes vile things, and it’s blinding you to the beauty of the Lord.
You say, “What is the beauty of the Lord, anyway? It’s not like we can look into heaven and see it.”
You can look into your HEART and see it...if Jesus is there.
If God is in your heart, you can easily see His beauty in the work He is doing sovereignly in your life.
You can see His beauty in His creation. You can see His beauty in His concepts like love and peace and joy, righteousness and justice and holiness.
Imagine going to a theater and watching a vile movie. It’s vile, but it’s exciting and bold and loud. You’re on the edge of your seat, captivated.
Then you walk out of the theater, and there’s a little flower springing up through the cracks of the sidewalk. It’s beautiful and amazing. Miraculous! Uncreatable by any mere mortal.
But we are blinded to it by the vile, bold and brassy. We wonder where the beauty of the Lord is while we walk right over it.
Make a vow today. I will set before my eyes no vile thing.
Instead, my eyes are ever toward the Lord, to behold the beauty of the Lord.
God bless you, today.
I’m Doug Apple.