The Beauty of God

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Friday, November 01, 2019

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. Psalm 27:4

I saw a movie yesterday where a voodoo priest was wreaking havoc in a Nigerian village on behalf of a demon-god. The voodoo priest had the power to cast spells on people and kill them. Yet he was living in a tiny hut with no electricity. With all the power he had, why did this man lived in darkness and squalor?

Throughout my missionary travels, I have seen many people like the voodoo priest in the movie. Men and women who can turn human beings into animals and do mighty things, yet they live in destitution, unable to even take care of their own families, in some cases. That lets me know that the devil abuses his victims. He gives power to his devotees to do amazing things, yet he robs them of the ability to enjoy the fullness of the beauty of God’s creation. Even in cases where the devil gives fame and fortune in the front end, he causes death, dysfunction, and brokenness in the back end.

The only guarantee the devil offers to his followers is an eternity in hell. God, on the other hand, is the manifestation of beauty. Whereas the devil delight in darkness, God gives light and calls us to live in his light. Everything God does is beautiful. Nature declares the beauty of God.

The devil uses beautiful things, prosperity, and happiness as bait so he can lure his victims into a life of darkness, fear, and shame. However, God takes away our fear, erases our darkness with his light, and replaces our shame with his joy so we can rejoice in the beauty of His Holiness. God helps us to live righteously so we can reflect his glory and experience the wonders of his creation.

In today’s text, David expresses a desire to dwell in the house of the Lord so he can gaze upon the beauty of the Lord. Old Testament Jews believed the Lord occupied the temple because they often saw the glory of God during the sacrificial offerings by the priests. They wanted to spend time in the presence of the God who took them out of Egyptian bondage and brought them into a land of milk and honey.

Anything that God is involved in is always clean, life-affirming, joy-giving, peace offering, and hope-offering. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17). Anything the devil is involved in leads to death, chaos, and destruction. God gives serenity amid poverty. That is what Jesus meant when he said, “Blessed are the poor, for they shall inherit the kingdom of God” (Matthew 5:3).

The beauty of God is beyond comprehension. It provides serenity amid life’s storms. Real followers of God go through each day with a pure focus on pleasing God. Therefore, they live at peace with others, and they are quick to forgive and slow to anger. Because God leads their path, they do not eat the bread of idleness, nor do they delight in wickedness. They learn to be content in every situation and are thankful to God for their blessings and their burdens. That is what Nehemiah meant when he said, “the joy of the Lord is my strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).

Even as we pray for those who are living according to the dictate of the world, or have lost their way as they intoxicate their soul with the devil’s bittersweet elixir of carnal pleasure, we have to rejoice for the peace we have in God. We should thank God for helping us to walk in his light so we can gaze at the beauty of his holiness. Indeed, we should thank God for living drama-free, worship focused, and Holy Spirit led life to his glory.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, thank you for being a God who offers all that is beautiful and glorious. May we never take the beauty of your holiness for granted!

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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