One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.
I can only imagine the feeling of seeing the Sistine Chapel for the first time (or really...any time!). Even if you had no art background whatsoever, you couldn't help but be amazed. Art has a way of inspiring us, transporting us, and leaving us in a state of awe. So often it is an almost "religious" experience (excuse the cliche use of the religious..but it seemed fitting). I remember the first time I saw a Van Gogh in person....it took me to church!! I sat down on a bench across from it, and just sat in its presence. I studied it, watched others view it, and just tried to imprint the moment as to never lose it. I think the Sistine Chapel might just about blow my mind. I think another part of the equation is knowing the artist. You don't have to have an art history background to appreciate it, but knowing the master's hand that painted such an awe inspiring work adds a new layer of depth, understanding, and appreciation.
Do you ever find yourself in awe of God? I think many speak of God being "awesome" or doing "awesome" things, but I'm referring to a deeper recognition of who God is & what He has done in your life. Does our Lord bring you to a place where you just want to linger in His presence? The writer of Psalms 27 asks the Lord if he could dwell in the house of the Lord & gaze at His beauty. When was the last time you wanted to "dwell & gaze" in conjunction with God? In our fast paced world....we don't dwell anywhere well. We are so often rushed & divided that dwelling & gazing sounds like a foreign concept. No body has time for that?!? But you should! If art can bring us to a state of awe & makes us want to linger a little longer...why can't God do the same for us? What do we need to do, change, or incorporate that would bring this about?
If art can bring us to a state of "AWE"...shouldn't God? He is the MASTER ARTIST!
Lord, help me to desire to dwell in Your presence & gaze at Your beauty.
May my life reflect the awe You inspire.
The fast paced, over committed, divided, distracted life we live (even if so much of it is "good" or "good things" must come second to the joy of sitting at your feet.
I want the request of Psalms 27:4 to be my heart, Lord!
In Christ's Name, AMEN