God's Beauty


Psalm 27:4: “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.”
You may be familiar with the acronym “ACTS” as a model for prayer and worship: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. We certainly need to confess our sins, give thanks, and intercede for others, but how are we at adoring our God simply for who He is?  Have we learned to admire our God for His great worth and beauty? 
I believe one of the weaknesses of our modern-day worship songs is the unbalanced focus on self — what God has done for me, how he helps me, how he comforts me, how he leads me, etc. This is all very good and true but have we gone beyond our personal benefits and seen God for His inherent beauty?
As you grow in your worship, meditate on the gospel and God’s attributes until the Spirit begins to warm your heart and you experience His presence. It’s then that you may begin to catch glimpses of His glory and His beauty. Jesus prayed that we would see His glory (John 17:24). Peter, James, and John saw His glory (John 1:14) and were not unaffected. And we too, can experience this beauty and glory as we seek to know Him (2 Cor. 3:8).
And, oh yes, as we pursue God’s presence to worship Him for who He is, we discover there isn’t anything more beautiful, and we become filled with joy and experience eternal pleasures (Psalm 16:11). So Christian, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”