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.
This song has a special place in my heart. I was at summer youth camp and made the decision to surrender my life to Jesus while we were singing this song. After 50+ years, I still get tears in my eyes when I hear it or sing it. It’s timeless message is so full of truth. When we get bogged down in news reports, troubles in our communities, our families, whatever is harassing our minds and hearts, all that is needed is to look into His wonderful face. When we are looking full into His face, everything around us grows dim. The Light of His love overshadows every dark thing. The unconditional love of His radiance blocks out every ugly peripheral distraction. His glory and His grace supercede everything else.
In a Bible study I’ve been doing, the leader stated that in his morning devotions he always takes his Bible to the foot of his bed and kneels in front of it as he reads. He says that the Presence of God falls on the Word, illuminating it beautifully. He believes he receives that blessing partly because he humbles himself on his knees and places the Word of God higher than any other thing in his home. He then prays and often moves into a prostrate position on his face before God. He is not worshipping the Bible. He is giving it the honor and respect it deserves, but always has the Father as the focus of his worship and praise. I will also add that in sharing this with us he presents as a very humble man who is just attempting to aid us in seeing the importance of humility.
Sometimes I think we idly toss our Bibles around, say quick prayers as we do other things and seek the face of Jesus only on rare occasions. Perhaps when we are not feeling any connection with Him, it’s because we do not elevate Him or His Word to a position of significance. Kneeling and lying prostrate before God may be physically difficult for some. However, it is an attitude as much as a physical position. Are we humble before Him?
Are we in awe of Who He is? Are we captivated by His Word? The more we study it, the more amazing truths we uncover. How do we manage to let the flesh and the enemy pull us into other activities that never offer the satisfaction, fulfillment and inspiration needed for living in this world? The cares of this world shrink away in comparison to the fullness of His Presence.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus and look full into His wonderful face. The things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.