What would you define as “beautiful”? Sunsets, snow-capped mountains, fields of colorful flowers, skies filled with puffy clouds, the fluid movement and strength of dancers or gymnasts, music arising from a symphony, shiny muscle cars, majestic bull elk, etc? King David said, “One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may 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.” (Psalm 27:4)
I don’t think David actually wanted to spend his entire life sitting cross-legged in the Temple with his eyes closed, contemplating God. After all, God cannot be seen. He’s invisible. Since David could not observe God’s beauty with his physical eyes, what did he mean? David wasn’t wanting to rid his mind of all thoughts that weren’t about God, like a monk hidden away in a monastery. Rather, David was revealing his PRIORITY in life. He had duties to conduct as king of his country. As he did them, he wanted to be aware of God’s presence.
David’s one priority in life was to get to know God better. That sounds much like Paul’s prayer for Christ-followers, “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may KNOW HIM BETTER.” (Ephesians 1:17)
How about you? Today, as you go about your work, relaxation, and hobbies, David would encourage you to look for the BEAUTY of the Lord all around you.