Ps.27:4 – One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.
If you stop and think carefully about the wording of today’s verse it gives us a real glimpse into the secret of David’s spiritual life. What is the key word in this verse? It is absolutely the word beauty. David saw something in the Lord that most people miss. He saw the goodness of the Lord which David called beauty. Why is it that others couldn’t see what David saw? Why can’t people today see the loveliness of Christ? The answer is exactly the same. Our fallen, sinful condition has blinded our eyes to the beauty of the Lord. It is the influence of The Holy Spirit on us that causes us to even see the beauty of Christ. David had been effected deeply from his youth by the anointing that had fallen upon him. Jonathan Edwards spoke about the beauty of Christ constantly in his sermons and his writings. Dane Ortlund talks about the beauty of the Lord in Jonathan Edwards writings.
“God is the only place true beauty is found. There simply is nowhere else and no one else who has it. All true beauty in the universe is found either in God himself or in the direct reflection of God…..What a cold underground spring is to a mountain lake, God is to all real beauty in the universe. Edwards uses this very image: God is “the foundation and fountain of all being and all beauty….”
Here is a snippet from Edwards himself on the beauty of the Lord.
“It is a sight of the divine beauty of Christ, that bows the wills, and draws the hearts of men. A sight of the greatness of God in his attributes, may overwhelm men, and be more than they can endure; but the enmity and opposition of the heart, may remain in its full strength, and the
will remain inflexible; whereas, one glimpse of the moral and spiritual glory of God, and supreme amiableness of Jesus Christ, shining into the heart, overcomes and abolishes this opposition, and inclines the soul to Christ, as it were, by an omnipotent power.”
One glimpse, literally one glimpse, of the unparalleled beauty that emanates from Christ will convince you. You too will sing with David, “One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple”.