This past Friday I had the privilege of seeing Phil Wickham in concert.
About a week before, I thought of different Christian singers that I would like to see in person. I typed his name into Google inquiring about his concert schedule.
I discovered that he was going to be at a church near my home on Friday, June 17. There were some obstacles to going to the concert, but the Lord cleared them out of the way. Also, a friend was available to go to the concert with me–even with late notice.
One song that touched me deeply that evening was “You’re Beautiful.”
As I sang along with Phil and the audience the words, “You’re beautiful,” over and over, I thought of how too many times I focus on the ugly things of this world.
One of those ugly things was the recent shooting in Orlando. Watching the news can bring up any number of other horrendous happenings in this world. Or I can focus on the bad that has happened to me or to those I love. It’s one thing to find out about them, but it’s another to dwell on them, worry about them, let fear take over because of them–leaving God out of my thinking.
I was reminded by that song to keep my focus on the beauty of Jesus and all the beautiful happenings in my life and in this world because of Him.
When I sank into depression recently, I wasn’t doing that. My last posting here was about how God corrected me—how He changed my perspective.
Over and over He brings me back to my problem with perspective—with keeping my focus on that which brings me down instead of on what lifts me up—namely Him, who He is and all He has done for me and for all of us.
There is nothing in this world or in my life that can change how beautiful the Lord is. And if I’m honest, I know that I can see it even more in contrast to the ugly things in this world as I invite Him into each heartbreak and hard time.
Often it seems that those around me are communicating, “Look at the ugly things of this world.” Sometimes I pass on that message instead of seeing and saying, “Look how beautiful the Lord is.”
Psalm 27:4 came to mind today as I thought about the beauty of the Lord. I like the way the Amplified Bible puts it:
“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple.” AMPC
I’m thinking that this is one reason I like Christian singers and praise songs. They turn my mind and heart back to the beauty of the Lord.
Phil Wickham and his song “You’re Beautiful” did that for me this past Friday.
I’m praying that I’ll keep my spiritual eyes focused on His beauty in the days and weeks ahead—no matter what happens in my life and in this world. That’s the place where I can experience joy.
“You’re Beautiful” by Phil Wickham