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I Have Beheld Thee in the Sanctuary

September 29, 2019


I Have Beheld Thee in the Sanctuary

When King David was hiding  from an enemy  in the wilderness of Judah,  his heartfelt longings  were  for the nearness of God Almighty,  to be by his side  and keep him safe.      The wilderness  was a dry and wearisome place,  and in David’s meditation,  it was an appropriate  description  of all sorts of circumstances  we might face in this world.      Whenever we have pressing needs,  in which God is our only hope,  we can describe that situation  as a “dry and weary land  where there is no water.”

It was there  that God met David’s needs.      In meditating on the marvelous power  and love of God Almighty,  David sang  in Psalm 63:1-5,

O GOD,  Thou art my God;  I shall  seek Thee earnestly;
My soul  thirsts for Thee,  my flesh  yearns for Thee,
In a dry and weary land  where there is no water,
Thus  I have beheld Thee  in the sanctuary,
To see Thy power  and Thy glory.
Because  Thy lovingkindness  is better than life,
My lips  will praise Thee.
So  I will bless Thee  as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands  in Thy name.
My soul  is satisfied  as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth  offers praises  with joyful  lips.

When David faced desperate  needs,  the first thing he did  was look for God’s presence  with his whole heart  and being.      David’s mind  was not wandering  with all sorts of distractions  or dwelling  just on his troubles.      In his trouble,  David determined  to “seek Thee earnestly”.      David’s every thought  was centered  on the greatness,  holiness,  and lovingkindness  of the LORD,  along with all the almighty  ways  God had proven Himself  in the past.

So,  even though David  was in a dangerous situation,  “in a dry and weary land where there is no water”,   his full attention  was on praising God  for who He is.      When David concentrated on God,  he found a  “sanctuary,   a place of safety  and holiness,  in remembering the truths  of the LORD.      That made David sing,  Thus   I have beheld Thee in the sanctuary,  to see Thy power  and Thy glory.”

The Hebrew meaning of that word  sanctuary   includes  having a sacredness,  a holiness,  and a separateness.      It was used to describe God,  a place,  or things.      It described  the separateness  of something dedicated,  hallowed,  and consecrated.      So,  when David put aside his troubles  and concentrated  on God’s holy love  and power,  that was the way  in which he could calm down  and realize  the greatness of God’s  power  and  glory.      That is why David sings,  Thus I have beheld Thee in the sanctuary.”      That was how  he remembered God  in all His holiness.      Remembering truth  was David’s holy  place  of safety.

And,  it is how  we need  to look to God  in all our troublesome circumstances.      We need  to remember  that God’s  “lovingkindness is better than life.”      Then,  in truth,  we can say,  “My lips will praise Thee.”       There is good reason  to trust in the LORD.      We can  go to His word  in the Bible  and bring to remembrance  all that God has done for us.

In our troubles,  we can meditate  on the truths  of God’s word  to find our holy,  safe place.      In praising the LORD  for the truths of His love  and faithfulness,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  You truly are a sanctuary  for all Your children.      Lead us  to always turn to You  for the peace  and safety  we need.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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