Basking in God’s Glory

It’s that time of year when students start back to classes! This semester I get to take an Intro to Biology class as part of the core-requirement for a ‘Liberal Arts’ education.

One of my favourite parts of attending a Christian institution is starting a lecture with a devotional. This week, our Biology Professor had cut out individual verses of Psalm 148 and asked each of us in the class to read our verse in order from verse 1-14. Rather than reading them right after another, he asked for us to wait a moment and to soak in the wonder of God’s creation in the verse we just read.

The exercise sounds quite simple, but looking back on it now, it really made me think. How often do we approach God simply to bask in his glory? To bask is to “lie exposed to warmth and light, typically from the sun, for relaxation and pleasure” (Oxford Dictionary). So often when we talk to God, we approach him with purpose; Lord, I need this… Father, be with so-and-so, Lord we need to confess… etc. How often do we simply come before God to sit in his presence, to be still and be in awe of the Lord’s goodness.

I think of basking like sitting on the beach. You aren’t thinking about what you have to do next, you aren’t worrying about the things of the past, you are simply sitting in the moment; soaking in the sun, absorbing the heat from the rays, resting on the warm bed of sand – enjoying the beach for what it is and for the comfort you get from it – everything else just fades away.

In this New Year, take time to bask in God’s glory. Open up the psalms and read verse by verse, pausing between to be filled with awe, with wonder, and to be overcome by the Glory of God.

 

   Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
   Look full in His wonderful face,
   And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
   In the light of His glory and grace.

William Jones
Worship & Ministry Coordinator