Psalm 17:15 "I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness."
What would it take for me to wake each morning satisfied in knowing that I am like the Lord? Better yet, what would it take for me to wake each morning content in my efforts of attempting to be like the Lord?
Holiness. Quite a perplexing word to many; and to myself I must admit.
In my efforts of continuously seeking to be a whole person, I am persuaded that the only way to do so is to constantly seek holiness. If I'm focusing my efforts on becoming like Christ, or HOLY, then my efforts are unintentionally to be made whole. So, in order to BE like Him, I have to KNOW Him, and if I desire to KNOW Him, I must worship Him in the beauty of His holiness. Sproul states, "It is the loveliness of inward purity and outward sanctity that pleases the thrice Holy One". I want to be found worshipping Him JUST because He is holy! I want to live to see His face shine down on me!
He is such a beautiful and awesome God! I will praise Him because I am fearfully and wonderfully made! Unlike any artist that we may know of, he creates something beautiful from NOTHING! Our minds can't fathom that! His hand in your life creates the story of "In the Beginning" and not just "Once Upon a Time"! Just in the sound of His great voice rest the beginning of EVERYTHING! I will ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name, and I will worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness (Psalm 29:2).
What I have written below, is something the Lord gave me for those moments I'm feeling a little confused about who I am in Christ. I wrote it several months back. It branched from this continuous phrase I daily repeated to myself, "When I think of who YOU are in me, you always remind me of who I am IN You!" I know that everything makes full-circle and relates back to Him; therefore, may this give Him glory and cause others to desire to be like our heavenly Father; our Creator and beloved! I just want to make Him smile!
THE BEAUTY OF HOLINESS
Do you see what I see when I look at me?
Sometimes I must admit, I just can't see quite clearly.
I look, then gaze, even stare intently.
I see dimly and just walk away.
All around me this world is falling...falling...falling.
The crumbling is so loud,
yet faintly, I hear You calling.
You want me to be "like You", you say?
To walk like you and speak like you?
To be your hands and feet
to be the very essence of Your next heartbeat.
But Lord, oh Lord, this is much too hard a task.
I cover up Your loveliness with a horrifying mask.
I look at my reflection, and its ugliness I see,
for once again I've covered You up with the outer shell of me.
I say I live to see Your face, and worship You in beauty,
so God, once again, if You see fit, can You shine Your light right through me?
For You are pure, and You are Holy
You are the "In the beginning" and not just the "Once upon a time".
Your faithfulness and mercy, they astound me every time.
My defender who is always for me in the midst of troubled time!
You have lavished such great love on me,
and given me a greater joy.
You are my righteousness and guiding Spirit.
And how could I forget Your peace?
Yet I can't quite understand why You can do such things for me
in the constant state I am.
Why? Why? Why?
And THEN, I remember...
When You look at me, the mirror shatters.
For Your light needs no reflection.
Though I see dimly, you see me through Your light,
that radiates right through me!
When I begin to think of who You are in me,
the memories flood back of who I am in You!
I am a representation of your purity and holiness.
I am the story of "In the beginning",
and not just the "Once upon a time"!
I am living proof of Your faithfulness and mercy that astounds others,
and I'm the one that You fight for when I am weak so often times.
I am love to this falling world as Your spirit guides me through it,
and I lay my head in peace each night as You hold me securely.
I AM BEAUTIFUL!
Not a mere reflection of You in all Your splendor,
but a glass in which You shine straight through for only greater glory!
Do you see what I see when I look at me?
Thankfully, its no longer me I see in me!