The Beauty of the Lord

Songs are sung about the beauty of those we love.  It is natural and appropriate, but it is mysterious and not connected with the qualities of one’s appearance, such as the symmetry of their features, the coloring or quality of their skin, hair or eyes.  Yes, these things do generally give a person appeal, particularly in photos where we note that he or she is photogenic.  Down through history it can be seen that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as certain attributes considered beautiful in ages gone by no longer hold that same level of desire or esteem to later generations.  For example, the Mona Lisa or the Woman in Red, paintings of beautiful women by the fashion standards of that day, are drastically different today.  As late as the 1950’s light skin was much prefered, but since then the perfect tan has been in fashion and  that is generally true today.  True Beauty is much more than skin deep.

As to the Lord, Yeshua Messiah, this mystery is deeper still.  Scriptural prophecy tells us, “Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?  He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground.  He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.  He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.  Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.” (Isaiah 53: 1-3).  Part of the mystery of God was to reveal Yeshua to the humble and lowly.   “At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.  Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.’ ” (Luke 10: 21).  This doesn’t speak directly to His appearance, but it does indicate God’s purpose, that Messiah would not come as a worldly leader with pomp and regal attire, physically appealing stature, eloquent oratory flattering the crowds or with messages that fawned attention of the influential and powerful. Messiah is revealed to little children and those with the faith of a child who see His beauty.

“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,… Even angels long to look into these things.” (1 Peter 1: 8, 12).  It is part of the miraculous work of salvation in the human soul that we behold Yeshua Messiah and are filled with God’s Spirit.  The angels marvel at the work of God in mankind.  This opens to us the beauty of the Lord.  It is through the eyes of love that true beauty is revealed.  That beauty which is eternal, never fading with age, shining enlightening the eye, heart and soul of man.  The Lord is actually far more than beauty can describe; He is glorious and majestic.  These terms are beyond temporal physical senses just as the Lord is God Everlasting. 

We can learn about the beauty of heaven from scripture.  “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.  Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” (1 Peter 3: 3-4).  This is the deep beauty that husbands see in a submissive wife.  Moreover, the Lord will beautify a glorious body of Messiah, the Church and bride of Christ, “and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.” (Eph. 5: 27).  So, it is the Holy Spirit within that pens the lyrics of praises and worship speaking of the beauty and glory of our Lord.  “Praise the Lord.  How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!” (Psalm 33:1; 147: 1).  One song comes to mind,

Oh Lord, You’re beautiful

Your face is all I seek

For when Your eyes are on this child

Your grace abounds to me

Oh Lord, You’re Beautiful, Keith Green.

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