Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Psalm 90:17 And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

This Old Testament prayer of Moses is a picture of the New Testament work of grace.  The beauty of the LORD or the grace of our God is upon the believer to establish and to bless the work of our hands.  There is to be a great earnestness for the work of our hands as the phrase is spoken twice.  The petition of prayer is that the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us.  There can never be earnestness without the unveiling of HIS beauty.

What grace, mercy and love came to that veiled heart of the woman caught in the very act of adultery?  Was she like the woman at the well who had five husbands and who now was not lawfully married to another?  A series of disappointments, heartaches, broken promises and now she stands hopelessly by the well.  Hearts veiled with sorrow.  Hearts veiled by hardness and disappointment.  These were hearts that longed for something genuine and true.  Then suddenly, this woman is cast shamefully before Jesus in a very public and sacred setting. 

But unlike the Pharisees who had no grace, HE unveiled HIS heart to her.  She tasted of the beauty of HIS holiness.  Not afraid by the holiness, not consumed by its wrath but rather drawn by its profound pureness.   An atmosphere of beauty she had never known.  Suddenly the heart that was veiled by deceptions, divisions, and despair found the atmosphere around her to be celestial.  His heart was open to hers and she discovered the grace of forgiveness.  Have you, like this woman, known the forgiveness of God to explode into your soul?  Is it any wonder that the woman of Luke 7, one labeled as a sinner, fell at the feet of Jesus and kissed his feet, washed his feet, and anointed them with oil?   Jesus said to her, “Thy sins are forgiven.”  This veiled heart was now a heart open, free, soaring with the blessings of Grace.  

Oh, “…let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us.”

To have a lively sense of HIS forgiveness, a forgiveness that lifts the wounded, wayward, unwanted to heights never before known or even considered is to discover the beauty of grace.  Have you known the beauty of the grace of HIS forgiveness?  This is a matter that births eternal worship in the soul of the sinner now saint.  The Beauty of the LORD our God is found in the way HE forgives, but also in the way HE loves.  Has HIS love unveiled your veiled heart?  Have you found yourself in the wilderness wandering about alone.  Surrounded by the mixed multitude but seemingly no man cares for your soul.  Oh that we HIS children might “…be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” (Ephesians 3:18-19)  You see there has to be an unveiling. 

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)

The open face speaks of the fact that there no longer is a veil between my face and HIS.  My LORD and my God invite me to “…come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Heb 4:16)

The beauty of this grace allows us to gaze upon HIM and to see HIM who is invisible.  The unveiled heart drinks deeply of the rivers of water and the soul is satisfied with Jesus.

All of us have had various wounds, scars, and marks of pain, that have come our way as we have journeyed through this life, but if we have learned to follow the example of those who have come before us.  If we have kept our gaze upon HIM and allowed HIM to unveil our veiled hearts, then we have laid hold of the promises of God.  And in the process of laying hold of the promises of God, those wounds have become fertile soil for the WORD OF GOD to bear the fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance.  This is the beauty of the LORD our God upon us.

This text has a double emphasis for the work of our hands, but that work is established only as we see the beauty of the LORD our God.  Do we see Jesus?

Psalm 90:17 And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it. 


  1. Amazing to me is the fact that when the saved are truly unveiled, Christ finds us beautiful. Our natural tendency is to "cover up" because it hides the ugliness that we shrink from when gazing upon our own hearts and souls. We cannot fathom how He not only sees past our scars, but has the ability to make a work of art from them. Women go through the amazing process of childbirth, only to gain stretch marks that the world tells us are ugly. What society forgets is the end result of those "unsightly" marks is the most precious gift of a CHILD, and the privilege of being a vessel to bring another soul into existence. The stretch marks would be more aptly named "beauty marks." So it is with Christ. We see pain and scars from our past, but He uses those very things to mold us more and more into a replica of HIS image - a thing of beauty. When we are unveiled before Him, He sees nothing but "beauty marks" and we are once again privileged to be a vessel that He uses to bring about His masterpiece. a soul that bears the image of the Master.

  2. This seems to be a real struggle for many to believe that Christ finds us beautiful. Thank you for sharing. It is my prayer many will see these words and find freedom in Christ.