Psa. 27:4 ¶ One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the LORD
And to meditate in His temple.
Parris and I often go to North Carolina to the Smoky Mountains to see Parris’s mom. The mountains of North Carolina are filled with the artistry of our great God. You can see His creativity in the different animals. From the curiosity of the raccoon to the wisdom of the fox. From the power in the black bear to the fierceness of the mountain lion. You hear His beauty in the songbirds, and His joy in the chattering of the squirrels. Every where you look, you see the infinite qualities of our lovely Lord. Have you ever wondered what David meant by the “beauty of the Lord”? David had seen something in his revelation of the Lord that was more stunning than anything he had ever known. Actually, what David had seen was a revelation of the inner nature of the Lord. When the Lord’s presence is manifest to someone, that is what they perceive, His inner character. It is not an outward vision of something seen with human eyes, it is a spiritual revelation, a glimpse of the excellency of His nature. All of creation is designed by the Creator to unveil the eternal attributes of our Glorious God. That is why nature can be so stunning, in it we see the eternal hand print of our God. Jonathan Edwards talks about the loveliness of God, here are some of his thoughts about these eternal qualities.
“But God is a being infinitely lovely, because he hath infinite excellency and beauty. To have infinite excellency and beauty, is the same thing as to have infinite loveliness. He is a being of infinite greatness, majesty, and glory; and therefore he is infinitely honourable. He is infinitely exalted above the greatest potentates of the earth, and highest angels in heaven; and therefore he is infinitely more honourable than they.”
As amazing as His creation is, it can’t come close to God’s greatest revelation of His beauty. He has displayed Himself in the greatest way in the person of His Son. Jesus is a glimpse into the blazing majesty of the Glory of the Lord. In Christ we see His wisdom in the plan of redemption and we see His compassion in His healing of the sick. We are stunned by the authority of the words of His teaching that flow from His mouth and are drawn by His gentleness and love. In Christ we see the lion and the lamb, the sin offering and the reigning King of Kings. As Solomon said, “He is altogether lovely”. Today, open up your eyes and open up your heart. He is quite near. He delights in unveiling His infinite beauty to those who have ears to hear and eyes to see.