Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Beauty of the Lord

Do you ever think about what it will be like when we see God? Have you imagined what that will be like? I have, and this is what I have found...

"Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord"- Hebrews 12:14

To follow means to press toward, to pursue peace with all men; there should be no intentional discord sown by the true man/woman of God. We should not look for trouble, but avoid it at all cost. This peace requires an effort on our part as we pursue it; we are also commanded to pursue and press toward holiness, which is a state of purity. Here is a wonderful definition of holiness from Paul Washer’s sermon entitled ‘Regeneration and Self-Denial’ ~ “Holiness is to be separated unto God, to be immersed in God, to be passionate about God, to be wild about God, to think about God, to be God besought, to be consumed by God.” This requires a concentrated effort as we work towards Christ- likeness through prayer and meditating/studying God's word as well as the testing, refining and chastising that comes from the Lord. The regenerated heart should desire all these things, seeking diligently Christ-likeness so we may see the Lord. What does it mean to ‘see the Lord’?
To ‘see’ is to gaze with wide open eyes as at something remarkable, breathtaking, and absolutely awe-inspiring. This does not vividly describe what it will be like when we gaze upon the Lord; from Psalm 27:4 we get this beautiful passage, "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 enquire in His temple". The part of this verse I wish to bring out is 'to behold the beauty of the LORD'. To behold means to gaze at, perceive, contemplate with pleasure; what is it we desire to gaze at? His beauty, or splendor, grace, which is what the Hebrew word for beauty, 'noam', means; it stems from the root word naem, meaning ‘pass in beauty, be delight, be pleasant, be sweet'.
Psalm 96:6 states this about God, "honor and majesty are before Him; strength and beauty are in His sanctuary." Honor translates from the Hebrew word 'hod' meaning grandeur, an imposing form and appearance, beauty, excellency, glorious, and majesty. It gets better- majesty translates from the Hebrew hadar and means magnificence, splendor. When, one day, we lay eyes upon this Eternal Majestic being, we will be without words to describe what our eyes are taking in. That is why the meaning of ‘see’ is so exceptional; the eyes are flung wide open, in utter amazement, mesmerized by what they are taking in...a remarkable, breathtaking, never before seen sight; it is awe-inspiring, this grandeur, delightful, sweet, majestic God, in all His holiness, sitting exalted on His throne: our breath will leave us, our hearts will race, our eyes will be fixated on what we simply cannot describe and will not want to turn away from. We will be like quivering jell-o, falling at His feet, crying out praises, not wanting to ever leave His presence or take our eyes from Him. Is it any wonder Moses cried, “I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.”- Exodus 33:18
The Lord’s response was this, “thou canst not see my face; for there shall no man see me and live” –Exodus 33:20. No one this side of heaven can look upon the face of the Lord and live, this prized privilege is reserved for God’s elect when we join Him in His kingdom. This should be an incentive to strive for holiness, so we may one day lay our eyes on the Eternal, Living God…

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