Tuesday, December 11, 2012



Greetings Friends,

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. 

Psalm 90 is considered by most scholars as a magnificent prayer by the Man of God, Moses.  Moses was a much tried man, as we all are, but Moses had learned as he walked through the trials of life that the FAITHFULNESS OF GOD WHO IS FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING WILL NOT CHANGE.  Therefore in the midst of this prayer he makes, a glorious request that the beauty of the LORD would be upon the nation.  I would that this would also be the desire of our hearts.

Beloved our God is truly an "Awesome God" and HE must be worshipped in Spirit and in truth.  The Beauty of OUR GOD cannot be carved out in stone.  It cannot be adequately captured on canvas, but with eyes of faith we can behold HIM! With eyes of faith we can see it! With a heart full of faith, we can sense it! With a soul controlled by faith, we are secure in HIS presence!  Oh beloved, "...let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us..."  When people who have been beaten down by the world, who have been betrayed in their relationships, who have been wounded and bruised in their souls, when they enter a place and SENSE the beauty of the Lord our God, they shall be comforted.

Matthew 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. (KJV)

The Psalmist David said, in Psalm 27:4 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. 

David longed to be in the presence of the LORD his God.  And the place that he found the presence of God and the place that he learned and envisioned the beauty of the Lord was in the house of the LORD.  It is the beauty of the LORD manifested within the local assembly of believers that continues to be the compelling fascination that draws people to the house of God.  It is HIS presence which is the only perfect and flawless beauty in the church is the beauty of the Lord our God.  Now, what is it that makes the Lord beautiful?  I think there are many things, but let us consider two thoughts.  First of all, the Lord our God is beautiful because HE is holy.

Psalm 96:9 O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth. 

In 2 Chronicles 20, King Hezekiah appointed singers to praise the "beauty of holiness..."

One of the main themes of the Old Testament is the incredible, awesome purity of Jehovah God.  The angels must protect their eyes from the unveiled glory of God as they fly around the throne crying "HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, IS THE LORD OF HOSTS THE WHOLE EARTH IS FULL OF HIS GLORY."  The holiness of God is the foundational element of all of God's unchanging character.  But his holiness causes the sinner to cower away in fear.  

Psalm 96:9 O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth. 

But holiness by itself is not beautiful to the sinner.  It is too high.  It is majestic and austere.  It subdues us.  It terrifies us.  WE say like Isaiah, "Woe is me, I am a man of unclean lips..."  It was a bitter cry when the Simon Peter cried in Luke chapter 5:8; "Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord."

The holiness of God demands our reverence and our awe, but it is the grace of God that charms our hearts and causes us to fall in love with the Lord our God.  The common people followed Christ every where.  They longed to hear him speak publicans and sinners alike.  In Jesus Christ the HOLINESS OF GOD AND THE GRACE OF GOD WERE BONDED TOGETHER TO MANIFEST TO SINNERS THE UNTOLD DEPTHS OF HIS ETERNAL, ABOUNDING LOVE.  This is truly the beauty of the LORD. But beloved, have you grasped the truth that this beauty is not only ours to behold, but it is ours to possess.  Not simply because Moses has penned this prolific prayer for us to verbalize ourselves.  Not simply because it has been forever recorded in scripture for us to reflect upon and meditate upon.  The beauty of the Lord our God can potentially be upon us because of the sacrifice that was made.  Oh, the condescending love of Jesus Christ.  Oh beloved, it is not possible for sinners such as we to comprehend this great condescension of Christ.  Absolute purity! Divine Holiness! Marvelous, Majestic, Sweetness, was enveloped, engulfed, saturated with our sin.  Calvary was the holiness of God and the Grace of God perfectly blended to manifest the love of God to sinners condemned by the wrath of God.  Because of this great eternal sacrifice the beauty of the Lord our God can be upon us.

In Acts chapter 4, the people listen to the boldness and the power and the conviction of the speech of Peter and John and they perceived that they had been with Jesus.  They caught from their master some of his beauty.  And have we not all read of Stephen.  As the religious zealots condemned him, those who saw his face, saw it as the face of an angel.  Stephen had caught some of the beauty of the Lord by gazing deeply into the face of the beloved Christ.

2 Corinthians 3:18 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. 

Paul said that he bore in his body the marks of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Yes, there were wounds and scars suffered because of his commitment to Jesus Christ, but even more important the love and devotion Paul had for Christ manifested itself in his life as he was able to share in the beauty of the Lord.  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 been able to lay hold of the promises of God, those wounds have become fertile soil for the WORD OF GOD TO BEAR THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT:  LOVE JOY PEACE LONGSUFFERING GENTLENESS GOODNESS MEEKNESS TEMPERANCE - The beauty of the Lord.

Physical beauty as defined by the world; the physical beauty that motivates people to be vain and selfish and arrogant is beyond the reach of most of us, but the beauty of the Lord our God may become  our most valued possession, if we shall choose to commune with HIM.

2 Corinthians 3:18 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.

Will we not all agree this morning that there is truly very little difference between the world and the Church?  We are so selfish. We are so proud. We are so materialistic. We find little time to sacrifice for others because we are too engrossed in building our own little financially secure kingdoms.  The world is indifferent to the calling of the church because it sees so very little of the beauty of the Lord.  Notice once more our text:

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.

What a striking sequence:  First, the beauty of the Lord upon us Secondly, the work of our hands established.  The Church of Jesus Christ will not triumph in its work until Christians are being clothed in the beauty of the Lord. Oh, beloved, it is my prayer that you will join with me that God will free us of our selfishness to clothe us in HIS holiness and grace that we might manifest to the world the beauty of the Lord thus establishing the work of our hands for HIS GLORY!  May the beauty of the Lord

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