“One thing have I desired 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 behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in His Temple.”
had a singular outcome for his desire---to behold our Heavenly Father's beauty. There
is a sweet attractiveness to our Father. He is delightfully
lovely. The power of the beauty of God is greatly untaught. If the
revelation of the beauty of our heavenly Father were more pre-eminent in the lives of
Christians there would more overcoming power and holy living.
verse from Psalms 27:4 was put to music in recent years and is one of my
favorites. I frequently find myself being led to play and sing the
scripture in my private times of praise and worship.
One thing have I desired
That will I seek after;
That I may dwell in the house of the LORD,
All the days, all the days of my life.
To behold the beauty of the LORD,
And to inquire in His Temple.
To behold the beauty of the LORD,
And to inquire in His Temple.
Like David, I have one desire and that is
to dwell in the presence of the LORD all the days of my earthly life and
thereafter in His Eternal Kingdom. I am drawn to the beauty of the LORD
and wish to gaze upon His loveliness. When life becomes hectic or pain
surges through your body, you are rejected, wounded, or abused by those
with ill intent, you can slip way into that Secret Place of the Most
High where you can gaze upon the Beauty of the heavenly Father. I draw
strength from knowing that I am made in God’s Image and Likeness.
Therefore, no matter how you and I may feel or even look to others, His
Beauty is resident in each of His Children.
“Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his
name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.” Psalms 29:2
O worship the LORD in the beauty of
holiness; fear (reverence) before Him, all the earth.” Psalms 96:9
In that day shall the
Branch of the LORD shall be beautiful. And glorious, and the fruit of the earth
will be the pride and the adornment of the survivors of Israel.” Isaiah
Not only is our Heavenly Father beautiful, but His
Son, the Branch, is equally beautiful. The Savior declared on more
than one occasion that He was the image and likeness of His
Father…therefore He always manifested the beauty and glory of His Father
to His Disciples and Followers. Further we see in scripture that part of Jesus' commission was to pass the beauty of His Father to all Believers. The Prophet
Isaiah declared that the Savior came “To appoint unto them that mourn in
Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning,
the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they (we) might
be called Trees of Righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He might
be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3
Truly the Son of God will put upon the Children of God a Garment of Praise instead of heaviness, the Oil of Gladness
instead of mourning, and Beauty that obscures the flesh. The Followers
of Christ Jesus are Plantings of the LORD in the earth---His Glory in flesh
bodies that He might be glorified.
Christians declare God's Beauty through His Son who provided the
Redemptive Love of the Father to those who would accept the Savior as the Son of God. It is this Redemptive
Love in the Son that has made the Body of Christ magnetic to the
peoples of the world.
God takes pleasure in His Children: He will beautify the meek with
salvation. Let the high praises of the LORD be in their mouth, and a two
edged sword in their hand…” Psalm 149:4, 6a
You may not think of yourself as a very
beautiful person, however, the Word declares that God has made you
beautiful through the cleansing power of the Blood of Jesus. We are exhorted to understand this
beauty and even be joyful in it.
The true beauty of Christ Jesus is His love
overcoming a multitude of sins. True beauty is the effect of His
power destroying the works of the devil. True beauty is the wisdom of
God’s higher principles of life.
Where there is understanding of the
beauty of God’s person, there will be beautiful Christ-like lives.
The attractiveness of sin grows very faint when compared to the beauty
of the Father in His only Begotten Son.
Worship in Holy Array
"Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name;
bring an offering, and come before Him; worship the LORD in holy array (in
the beauty of His holiness." 1 Chronicles. 16:23-29
Father left one aspect of His beauty to you and me. The completion of
His heavenly beauty on the earth was to come from a group of people
called by the Prophet Isaiah as “the redeemed of the LORD.” He has left
the perfection of His beauty to praising and worshipping saints. This is
called, “the cycle (season) of beauty.” Beauty emanates from the
Creator. He dispensed this beauty to His angels, His People, even the
whole creation. During the heights of pure Worship the beauty cycle is
completed. Praising and worshipping hearts return the beauty of
salvation to the Creator. The beauty that was sent from above is
returned to its Righteous Owner who is the Giver and Perfector of His
God will never ask us to perform any
duty without first supplying the goods. When He said we should worship
Him in the beauty of holiness, He supplied the beauty and He has
perfected the holiness within each of his sons and daughters. In purity
and holiness it will be our natural desire and response to praise and
worship the LORD in the beauty of His holiness. In God’s presence flesh
falls off and the real man is revealed in the image and likeness of His
Fountain of Joy
If you want a
fountain of joy to spring up within your heart, start praising the
Heavenly Father daily! The Scriptures tell us that He places a song in
our heart. If we are not singing saints we are disappointing the
Father. Our heavenly Father wants his Children to approach Him with
praise and worship. Enter into His Gates with Thanksgiving and into His
Courts with praise. (Psalm 100:4).
(Fruit) of the Holy Spirit grow much stronger in fertile soil (a happy
heart). In each test or trial Jesus meets the soul in a new way,
bringing unspeakable joy, new peace, and a touch of His glory; therefore
praise is as inevitable as water flowing from a fountain. Whenever the
clouds of darkness begin to hide the loving face of the Father, praise
is one of the quickest ways through to His glorious beauty and light.
Come into His presence with a clean heart, and praise God’s Holy
PRAISE ROUTES THE ENEMY
Did you know that you route Satan faster
by praise? Remember the example in Old Testament of the power that was
given to Israel when Judah under Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 20; 20-21)
led Israel into battle with loud praise unto GOD Almighty? What was
their battle plan?
shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still,
and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear
not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow the LORD will be with you.”
Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah
and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping
21. “And when
he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and
that should praise the beauty of holiness, and they went out before the
army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth forever.”
22. “And when
they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the
children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah;
and they were smitten.”
returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat in the
forefront of them, to go again to Jerusalem with joy: for the Lord
had made them to rejoice over their enemies.”
28. “And they
came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets unto the house
of the Lord.”
29. “And the
fear of the LORD was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had
heard that the Lord fought against the enemies of the Lord.”
As Children of the Most High we are
created to pleasure our heavenly Father! Worship and Praise pleasures
HIM. Not only that, but the scriptures command that the Creator of ALL things be praised.
Let every thing that hath breath Praise the LORD. Put on the “Whole Armor
of the Lord God” and wrap yourself in the “Garment of Praise” and go forth
in the power of the Most High.
Garment of Praise
Song written by: David Ingles
All you that mourn in Zion, I have authority,
To appoint unto you in Zion,
Oil of joy that will set you free.
Lift up the hands that hang down,
Lift up the voice now still:
Give unto God continuous praise,
Sing forth from Zion's hill.
Sing to the LORD, al le lu ia!
Worship and praise our God.
Praise and adore Him,
Bow down before Him,
O magnify the Lord.
Put on the garment of
praise for the spirit of heaviness,
Lift up your voice to God.
Praise with the Spirit and with understand,
O magnify the Lord.