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Monday, October 24, 2011

do we behold Him?


"And the WORD was made flesh, and
dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory,
the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, 
full of grace and truth"
(John 1:14)

As I read this passage a few weeks ago, the word 'beheld' just pierced deep into my spirit. I've read that scripture many times but when I read it that day, it just did something to me. It literally took my breath away as I began to contemplate the impact of beholding. Of beholding HIM.

In this passage, 'behold' comes from the Greek word theaomai which means:

1. to view attentively
2. a sense of wondering regard
3. a more earnest contemplation than the ordinary verb 'to see'

Do I behold my God and His glory in this manner? Do I have a strong sense of wonder when I get a glimpse of my Lord and Savior? Do I truly understand who He is?

I truly desire to grasp the full magnitude of the glory of God. I want to behold Him, to look upon Him with reverence. To gaze upon His countenance with earnest contemplation. I desire to stand in awe of who He is. I long to be filled with awestruck wonder at the very mention of His Name and be filled with sheer amazement of His power and strength. I want to behold the beauty of His manifest presence. When I read the Word, I want to sense His presence and behold His glory in every written word.  

Oh, Lord, I fall on my knees before you in confession and repentance for not giving you the reverence that you deserve at all times. May I never pick up your Word casually. May I always grasp the holiness of who You are and strive to receive an elevated glimpse of your glory. You are worthy of all honor and all glory and all praise. I will worship you with all that I am and all that I have.

He is Lord and King. He is Jehovah. He is YHWH. He is Ha-shem.

I will behold Him with expectation. The very mention of His name will fill me with wonder. I will make Him my first priority in Worship. Praise. Honor.

I will behold my King. 

5 comments:

Sassy Granny ... said...

It's a powerful word, isn't it? There is very little in life we "behold", simply because it carries a connotation that is most suitable to God, and little else.

Shanda said...

I also want to behold him more. It is so easy to be caught up in life and lose the wonder of him.

Denise J. Hughes said...

Oh, I just loved reading this today. John 1:14 is one of my favorite verses! I pray I will behold his truth and grace with each moment.

Nancy said...

What a good meditation on the word "behold." I do so love it when we read a well-loved scripture and something new speaks to us. The joy is felt so deeply then.

Sonya Lee said...

I always sense His glory in nature. He is AWEsome!