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Don Stewart :: What Does the Beauty of the Lord Mean?

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Don Stewart

Scripture speaks of the beauty of God. The psalmist wrote.

One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: 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 seek him in his temple (Psalm 27:4).

The beauty of the Lord can be defined as God possessing everything in His character that is desirable. Everything that is good and righteous has its ultimate fulfillment in God. In another place the psalmist wrote.

Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:5).

The desires of the human heart can only be found in the Lord and his beauty. We read in another Psalm.

Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you (Psalm 73:25).

The Apostle Paul, in the New Testament, expresses the same thought.

I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death (Philippians 3:10).

His Beauty Is To Be Reflected In Believers

When believers act according to the commandments of the Lord, they reflect his beauty. Paul wrote.

Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive (Titus 2:9,10).

Peter wrote the following to the believing wives.

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight (1 Peter 3:3,4).

Summary

The beauty of the Lord means that, in his nature, the Lord possesses everything that is desirable. His character is one of perfection. Consequently believers are to desire him above all. If we delight ourselves in him he promises to give us the desire of our heart. This desire will be the Lord himself. Believers are commanded to reflect God's beauty in their conduct.

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