Beauty

Published on Mar 30th, 2016 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
Beauty

Beauty

Sometimes we have trouble making the connections we should make between our theology and our everyday lives.  We forget that what we learn and grow in on Sunday is designed to change our every day.  We study the Word of God and we desire to learn about God but we sometimes do not see how those truths change our lives…unless they are directly connected.  For instance, we often struggle with fear.  We fear how others can hurt us.  We fear health issues.  We fear financial struggles.  We fear our children wandering away from the Lord.  We fear the elections coming up.  If we are not careful, fear can rule our lives.  So what truths do we turn that help keep those fears in check?  We look to the sovereignty of God.  We cling to the truths that he loves us and is our heavenly Father.  Amazing truths that bring our hearts peace.  In Psalm 27:1,  David uses some of those same truths to remind himself that he need not fear others.  “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”  Great truths about his God that brought him great peace in his life.

But there is also another truth that David clung to that helped ease his fears.  Listen to 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.”  David had a passion that drove his life.  He desired to live his life in the presence of the LORD.  He was not seeking to be a priest so that he could simply live in the temple.  He desired to live his life in such a way that his eyes were fixed on the LORD.  Notice what David longed to gaze upon – the beauty of the LORD.  I am not sure I ever made the connection before between the beauty of the LORD and the calming of my fears.  When I picture God and my fears, I picture the almighty, all powerful God who stands before me and nothing can come through him unless he allows it.  That brings me peace.  David saw that side of God but also wanted to gaze upon his beauty.  If you read the rest of the Psalm you will see that David loved that God would shelter him in his time of trouble but he also spoke of God lifting his head above his enemies and how his heart was full of joy and singing.  We need to see both sides of God in the midst of our fears so that our hearts not only find peace but they find great joy also.  The power of God brings us peace and the beauty of God lifts our eyes beyond our enemies and allows us to see beyond the threats.  We can see life and joy again.

I was meditating on these truths this morning.  When it is cold, dark, and snowy outside I want to stay inside the shelter and protection of my house.  I can hear the winds but I don’t feel their cold sting on my face.  I am content to stay in my nice, heated house.  This morning, though, I looked out my window and I saw and felt the warmth of the sun, the magnolia trees blooming, the yellow forsythias blossoming, and I could hear the birds singing.  The beauty of the day filled my heart with joy and called for me to come outside and enjoy.  When we are fearful and the only side of God we see is his great power we may have a tendency to be satisfied with living in peace and safety.  That is a great place to be when the storms are raging.  When we also look to the beauty of God we see beyond the storms.  We see beyond our enemies and we see that there can be great joy in this life that God has given us.  We are able to see the good that he is producing in people.  We can see the joy in the work of God here on earth.

To be in a place of peace and safety is a great gift from God.  To know he is in control of all things and that he is all powerful does bring great peace to our hearts.  When we then dwell on his beauty it is like turning the lights on in the shelter of protection to reveal that it is really a luxury hotel with all the amenities.  Take time, today, to dwell on his beauty and to allow his beauty to bring you great joy.  May your heart be full of singing.  May you not only dwell in his safety but may you shout with joy for the life he has given you.

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