Looking at the Lord with our Inner Eyes

Series 5

Episode 3

Prologue

Brothers and sisters, today’s topic of Treasures for the Soul is “Looking at the Lord with our Inner Eyes”. In Psalm 27, David expressed his desire to behold the beauty of the Lord all the days of his life. In 2 Corinthians 3:16-18, Paul mentioned that beholding the glory of the Lord is the way to transformation. We can be transformed into the likeness of the Lord. When we behold the Lord, at the same time, we take delight in His beauty and glory. The Lord’s glory includes His love, which nourishes and satisfies our hearts. Furthermore, when we behold the Lord’s glory, the Holy Spirit will do His work in us. For example, He will open our inner eyes so that we can enjoy the Lord even more. We gain more than the truth—we gain the Lord Himself. When we go to the Lord, we will have life.

Message

The Bible mentions much about our “eyes”. Some Bible passages we are familiar with, such as Psalm 27:4. David is so precious. He knew God so well, and he had a deep relationship with God. From his psalms you can see that he regarded having fellowship with God is the most important. “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life”: that is every single day of his life on earth, “to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.” (Ps. 27:4) David drew near to God. With his inner eyes he beheld the spiritual reality and God Himself. He beheld God, and he also gazed upon His beauty, such as His preciousness and His love for us. “Inquire in His temple”: David desired to know God more. God indeed listens to our prayers.

Let’s read 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 “But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face”: there are no more barriers, “beholding the glory of the Lord”: this is similar to David, who desired to behold the Lord’s beauty, “are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another”: there is a result when we behold the Lord. We will be transformed into the same image like Him. For instance, the Lord is full of glorious faith, hope and love and He will affect you. When you behold Him, you can be changed from being hopeless to the most hopeful. “From one degree of glory to another”: no matter how much you have experienced and how glorious you are right now, you can still be more glorious! In Him there’s unsearchable riches. “For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit”: the Lord’s Spirit transforms us. How can we be transformed to be like the Lord? It is because the Spirit of the Lord is working in us. The Apostle Paul was a person who often beheld the Lord. Likewise Stephen from the Book of Acts, also beheld the Lord. The precious things in heaven and the Lord in glory attracted his heart.

When we behold the Lord, we are not just looking at Him. There is much enjoyment when we behold Him. According to our past experience, we know that He loves us. His glory and beauty include His love. His love is the most beautiful in the whole universe. There are also other aspects of His preciousness. Therefore, when you behold Him, it is a time of enjoyment. The most precious of all is when you behold Him, the Spirit of the Lord does His work in you. He will help you to enjoy the Lord even more, and He will open your inner eyes. He does different work in us. Moreover, His way of communication is different from man’s. He may not need to say a word when He communicates with you. When you behold Him, you should at the same time enjoy Him, His beautiful attributes, His heart towards you, His beauty and glory. At the same time, you enjoy the work of the Holy Spirit in you. He treasures so much this moment when you take time to enjoy Him. You can kiss Him and He kisses you. You and the Lord embrace one another.

During the night before the Lord’s crucifixion, He said He would sanctify us by His truth. Actually, we are sanctified not only by the truth itself but the Holy Spirit will open our eyes and lead us into the truth. You do not merely obtain some knowledge, but you experience Him deeply. Many Jews may know the Bible very well, maybe better than you and me, but they do not necessarily enjoy the Lord as much as we do. The Lord once said , “It is the Scriptures that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.” (John 5:39-40) Therefore, it is most important for us to enjoy Him and His provision. In Him there are life, strength, comfort and many other blessings. Only when we enjoy and experience the Lord can we be transformed.

Series 5

Our Spirit Being Able to Enjoy the Lord

Our spirit can indeed worship God deeply. When we experience having love interflow with Him, we will realize His preciousness more. Our spirit will overflow and will never be empty. How should we worship God? We must do so with spirit and truth. The Bible mentions many times about the spiritual eyes. We must use our inner eyes to behold the Lord, His beauty and glory; and learn to behold that the Lord is in glory, everywhere, and living in our hearts at the same time. It’s important for us to be able to enjoy the Lord and be drawn by Him. For example, when we sing and worship, we should sing with our hearts. Also, through the truth in the hymn, we should enjoy the Lord’s beauty and glory, and His love towards us. It is very nourishing to just enjoy the plain truth in the hymn; there’s no need to forcefully think deeper of the content. Just respond to the Lord with the feelings in your heart, and when you do so, you are also enjoying Him. It’s most precious to be attracted by the Lord. The Song of Solomon mentions three times “That you not stir up or awaken love until it pleases.” That means in worship, when we are attracted by the Lord, and when our spirit is enjoying the Lord’s embrace, we should not let anything disturb us, even ourselves. Stay longer and enjoy quietly. This will affect us tremendously. We will love the Lord more from enjoying Him and His love more.
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Our Spirit is Satisfied Only When We Worship God and Deeply Experience Him

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How to Worship God with Our Spirit

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Looking at the Lord with our Inner Eyes

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Our Spirit Needs to Enjoy the Lord Himself

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The Song of Solomon Often Mentions About “Eyes”

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Realize Being Heart to Heart with the Lord in Singing and Worship

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Enjoy Embracing with the Lord