One attribute of God that is underlined throughout Scripture is His beauty. Countless verses consistently describe God as a beautiful God. Of those verses, we will look at three in particular:
1. David knew it (Psalm 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. (Psalm 27:4 NKJ)
From this verse, we can see that the reason David wanted to dwell in the house of the Lord was not to fellowship with friends or be part of a social club; rather, it was “to behold the beauty of the Lord.” The psalmist was right in saying that he’d rather spend a day in God’s presence than a thousand elsewhere. It is conceivable that one can spend an entire lifetime just contemplating the beauty of God.
2. Isaiah knew it (Isaiah 33:17)
Your eyes will see the King in His beauty; they will see the land that is very far off. (Isaiah 33:17 NKJ)
3. All the Psalmists of Israel
Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. (Psalm 29:2 NKJ)
The fact that Isaiah and all the psalmists of Israel knew about the beauty of God compels us to understand that the God we are serving is not just mighty, he’s not just gracious, he’s not just compassionate, he’s not just excellent, he’s not just loving, he’s not just righteous, but he’s beautiful. So begs the question: God is beautiful, what does that mean?
God is Beautiful: What does that mean?
Answering this question requires us to look at a preliminary question: what is beauty anyway? Without surveying all the philosophical concepts of beauty, let us consider a very simple definition.
A. The Meaning of the Word “Beauty”
Beauty: “A visible expression of order, a perceptible expression of order”.
Indeed, beauty is something that you can perceive with your eyes, your ears, or other senses. If we really think about it, the essence of beauty is order.
If someone enters into a room and finds that there are socks on the television and dirty plates on the floor, he’ll probably say, “This room is messy!” The room is then perceived to be ugly because things are not in order.
Similarly, if someone enters into a worship service and finds that a politician is on the microphone campaigning for thirty minutes, he would probably say that the service is disorganized. However, if there was proper order in the service, he would think to himself: “this service is beautiful!”
Again, in the case of music, when we say that a piece of music is beautiful, it means that every element in is order and that every musical note is in its proper place.
B. The Meaning of “God is Beautiful!”
Everything in God & About God is “Just Right”!!!
In the book of Psalm it says: “Worship in the beauty of holiness”. So while holiness is about everything that makes God who He is, beauty is about everything that makes God just right.
We understand that holiness doesn’t only refer to separation from sin, since the word is also used in Scriptures to denote objects such as water, utensils, and places that are not subject to sin. Therefore when we say God is holy, it doesn’t merely mean that he is separate from sin, although God does not sin. What it means is that God is separate from everything that is ordinary – He is extraordinary, special and in a class all by himself! Therefore when the Bible says that we should worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness, it means that everything that makes God “God” is just right. As such, His grace is just right, His love is just right, His compassion is just right, His power is just right, His mercy is just right, and His eternity is also just right.
a) Ex: Blessings as compared to Curses
You shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love me and keep my commandments. (Exodus 20:5-6 NKJ)
It would appear from the previous verse that God’s wrath is misdirected since it assigned to the third and fourth generations, and His mercy in unto thousands. Yet, when you take into consideration the fact that God is LOVE, then it makes perfect sense and it is just right!
(1) Body as “good” as dead
(As it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations “) in the presence of Him whom he believed– God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; (Romans 4:17 NKJ)
At 100 years old, it seems highly unlikely that Abraham could be involved in the reproductive process. Yet, when we take into consideration what God did with man, we realize that His decision was just right. The Bible explicitly points out that this man’s body was as good as dead, which means not even Viagra could help. It’s important to note that Sara’s body was also as good as dead. Amazingly, what seemed to be humanly impossible became divinely possible as God resurrected their senses and gave them a child. Why did God do that?
(2) Abraham Believed (Hebrews 11:19)
By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,” 19 concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense. (Hebrews 11:17-19 NKJ)
Isn’t it interesting that Abraham believed that God was able to raise Isaac from the dead? Consider that during his time there was no Lazarus in Bethany, there was no record of a woman whose dead child was brought back to life, in fact there was no record of ANYONE being brought back to life. But he remembered himself and knew that if God could resurrect his dead body as well as Sara’s, to give them a child, he was absolutely certain that even if he gave Isaac as a sacrifice, God could raise him up again. God waited a hundred years to give Abraham and Sara a son, and that proved to be just right. What a powerful God we serve!
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