Worship Devotions

Don’t look around you, look at Him

"They looked to Him and became radiant, and their faces are not ashamed." ~Psalm 34:5

One of the things we do when everything is going wrong? We look around at everything that is going wrong! David wrote, “…They looked to Him and became radiant, and their faces are not ashamed” because he understood that the only way anyone could radiate light, love, joy, peace or anything else would be by looking to the Lord. Looking around at circumstances, or other people for their approval (or disapproval) will only bring discouragement, but God gave us a way to face every circumstance with dignity- looking to Him, the author of our faith, and the One who completes it as well. (See Hebrews 12:1-2)

It’s during those times – those times when what we want to do is avoid people looking at us, or when we look around and feel overwhelmed by, well, life that we must turn our faces to Him.

“…their faces are not ashamed,” David said. We can’t help some of the things that come against us. We can’t stop everything bad from happening. We sometimes get caught up in a web of our own making. We may at times have to face difficult or very humbling consequences because of our own bad choices. It happens!

It’s during those times – those times when what we want to do is avoid people looking at us, or when we look around and feel overwhelmed by, well, life that we must turn our faces to Him. Just like the moon reflects the light of the sun, we can only radiate Christ when we turn to face Him.

Thought for today

The author of Hebrews wrote, “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who was in every sense tempted like we are, yet without sin. Let us then come with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16) See? Because our amazing Savior Jesus Christ gets it, we can have confidence, we don’t have to have shame- for anything. Not before God, and not before other people. It doesn’t matter what you did! Truly. It sounds too simple, because it is. 1 Corinthians 1:27 says exactly that. The simple things, like this, perplex the “wise”, those who think they know everything. Jesus loves and accepts you. If there’s a sin issue, He’ll help you deal with it. How will other people react? Who cares! Look to Him, and and you will find that He is not ashamed of a humbled, repentant heart. Take confidence in knowing that. Don’t look around you, look to Him. 

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