Satisfying Our Longing for Splendor

by Bethany

Relevant Text: 2 Sam. 22:32
Full Text: 2 Sam. 21-22 + 1 Chron. 20:4-8 + Ps. 18

Mirage | In 2006, I spent a week at Hotel Le Mirage in Tangier and was treated like royalty because my friend – the former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco – knew the owners. Although they gave me a different suite every night and a driver to show me around the area, their impeccable service couldn’t outshine the spectacular ocean views. Le Mirage sits at the northwest corner of Africa, where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean. Its private beach is so breathtaking that its access is limited only to hotel guests and the King of Morocco himself. So, every morning, I took my coffee down to the water’s edge and satisfied my longing for splendor.

Splendor | David was a man after God’s own heart – not because he was perfect – but because he longed to be satisfied in the splendor of God’s majesty. Although he was an adulterer, a murderer and a failed arbiter of justice, David continually repented and sought refuge in God alone: “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer … He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters … For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of the deer; he enables me to stand on the heights” [1].

Penitence | God is not impressed with our piety but our penitence. Coming to Him with hands full of our own righteousness is like digging a ditch in the sand at the ocean, filling it with water, and then saying, “Look! Do you see my ditch! Isn’t it cool?” God wants us to turn around and see the ocean, as we walk along the shore and delight in His splendor. He wants us to see our sin, turn to the cross, and say, “Look! Do you see that love? Is it not spectacular?”

Prayer | Lord, We long to be satisfied in Your splendor because we know how much we have been forgiven. Show us how little our righteousness or achievements impress You and give us hearts that seek Your forgiveness daily. Open the eyes of our hearts to stand in awe of Your majesty. Amen.

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[1] 2 Sam. 22:2-3, 17, 32-34 NIV

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