I went down the Amazon River earlier this year. And one thing that I really came to grips with was the fact that God is both great as well as beautiful in his works.
We spend a lot of time speaking about the greatness of God and his judgment. I don’t know that we always spend enough time as Christians observing the beauty of his creation. In the power of a storm there is a beauty. When we look up and admire Pikes Peak we see both beauty and glory.
Psalm 29:2 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
As we observe the beauty that God has created we should give glory to him through our words and actions. We should also observe holiness as beauty. Sin can never be seen as beautiful no matter how much hollywood tries to make it look beautiful. It’s as if they dress a pig up in millions of dollars worth in jewelry where at some point it’s hard to see the pig. But, it’s still a pig under all the jewelry. So remember that holiness is a true beauty.
Psalm 96:6 Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
God is truly magnificent. His sanctuary has strength and beauty to it. Both strength and beauty are part of God’s sanctuary. As young men, we can tend to put much of our emphasis on how strong we are but are sloppy in other areas of our lives. I think beauty also has value. We need to have beauty of spirit. A man who has a strong will, but dresses sloppily and who does not keep his house organized and beautiful can be failing in this aspect.
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.
I don’t believe we focus enough on the aspect of beauty as Christians. Christians are well known for doing things badly. Their films are disgustingly put together. They don’t put work into their projects. (They wear sandals with socks. – pet peeve ;-P) They don’t show the beauty of the Lord because they are lukewarm. They aren’t taking the beauty of the Lord and putting it into their work. Instead they are inconsistent and do everything in a mediocre manner. As Christians we should be the ones designing new technology and creating better art forms because we have hope. We should believe in a generational vision. If we care about our children, grandchildren, great great grandchildren etc then we will take dominion over the earth and will do it well and with a passion.
Ecclesiastes 3:10-11 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it. He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
God is the ultimate creator of creativity. Everything on this earth he’s designed in such incredible ways. The ways our bodies function and think, the way fire burns logs and creates heat. Remember George Washington Carver spent much of his life researching the peanut and found 300 uses for it in our daily lives. It’s amazing how just a tiny creation of God like this would have so many uses. That’s just one plant of millions of plants that God has created. There’s a lot more work to be done.
Psalm 48:2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
And someday at the end of our work here we’re going to go see mount Zion. The city of our King. It’s going to be an incredible day when we get to see this city that’s called the joy of the whole earth.
But right now we need to take dominion and create beautiful things and marvel at the beautiful things our creator has made.
Picture of the day:
I could put these on another post, but I don’t want to post two posts. 😛