THE BEAUTY OF THE LORD
Psalms 27:4 One thing I have desired of the LORD,
That will I 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 inquire in His temple.
Over the last few years there has been a flurry of Christian songs written that describe the beauty of the Lord. I wonder how many of the listeners (or even the song writers for that matter) have a clue to what the beauty of the Lord is. Actually the beauty of the Lord could be described as a manifestation of the inner virtue of the Lord. It is His very goodness, His nature, that is displayed and described by David in his songs. David saw God’s glory in the beauty of the scripture, he saw it in creation, he saw it in demonstrations of His outpoured presence, especially at the tabernacle. Most of all David saw this beauty in the prophetic glimpses of Christ Himself. He spoke of His beauty as the Shepherd in Psalms 23, He displayed His suffering in Psalms 22, and He portrayed His beauty as the Heavenly High Priest in Psalm 110. No wonder David spoke about one thing and that one thing was to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord. Sam Storms speaks often of the beauty of the Lord. Here is something he said about God’s beauty displayed.
“In God alone are perfect proportion, harmony, unity, and diversity in delicate balance, stunning brilliance, and integrity. God is beautiful! If we were able to think of God as a painting, we would say that there are no random brush strokes, no clashes of colors. God is aesthetically exquisite. In God there is absolute resolution, integration, the utter absence of even one discordant element.
God has, as it were, placed Himself on display in the art gallery of the universe. He beckons His people, you and me, to stand in awe as we behold the symmetry of His attributes, the harmony of His deeds, the glory of His goodness, the overwhelming and unfathomable grandeur of His greatness; in a word, His beauty. God is infinitely splendid and invites us to come and bask in His beauty that we might enjoy Him to the fullest.”
This quest for the beauty of the Lord began for David when Samuel poured the oil on him and anointed him as the future king. 1Sam. 16:13 “Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward.” From that day on, David was done. His taste of God’s beauty, displayed in His tangible anointing, had finished it for him. He had discovered what life was all about. He found that one moment in His presence was worth thousands of years elsewhere. Whether David was chasing sheep in the wilderness, fighting with his enemies, or prostrate before the Lord in the tabernacle, it made no difference. The anointing was on him now, he could see God’s beauty everywhere.