Pastor Giardino brought a message entitled “The Beauty of the Lord”. The title alone is captivating however, Pastor brought us through the back door to God’s beauty for reasons that will become clear.
While we turned to the opening scripture in Ps. 90:17 Pastor reiterated the words from Katherine Lee Bates’ poem/song “America the Beautiful”. AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/america-the-beautiful/ Pastor read the main verses to the song. Now, consider “America”… Not so beautiful anymore. In the current news we find news of horrendous and gruesome events. A man chewing off the face of another man in an attack in Miami and others pertaining to cannibalism and mutilation of other humans by men. Judges 19:29 details an event that should make you cringe and stop and be arrested in heart yet we tend to get desensitized as this happens more and more. Gross, horrendous, demonic, jolting, mind boggling, ugliness, sin, brutality (Mat 27:29 Brutally mocking the Lord Jesus) Is. 52:14 (Marred beyond recognition) Jesus took that brutality and violence, that rises up in the hearts of sinful men, upon himself. Is. 53:1-5 (The result (fruit) of my sin, including violence, death, and brutal perverseness was taken and laid upon Jesus. May this great and beautiful mercy of Jesus abound in us.)
Back to Ps. 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.” This was a prayer of Moses asking that the work of our hands demonstrate the glory and beauty of God. “establish it.”
Someday we shall behold His glorious beauty. Is. 33:17, 1Jn 3:2 and be like Him.
Here are two bookend verses to consider. Is. 1:21-23 How ugly the faithful city has become. Murderers, harlots, thieves and rebellion. This is the nasty now, even in the church. We have been given a wondrous promise of a new faithful city called the “New Jerusalem” Rev. 21-2
What does it take to have the beauty of the Lord?
#1 – A BEAUTIFUL BOOK. Ps. 19:7-10 The King James Bible. (By the Kings Authority, was established and authorized for all men and faiths, by the king.) Pastor used a prop to demonstrate. Having a newly boxed toy sold by Hess gas stations he showed how nice it looked all packaged up with a display window. A good toy just as it is, however, when unpacked there was a tiny little tab that needed to be removed on the bottom that kept the toy from expressing its full potential. It had power that could only be utilized by pulling the tab off, discarding the tab and then flipping the switch to on. The Lights Come On. WOW! 2Co. 3:2-17 (The veil to understanding removed)
#2 – A BEAUTIFUL BODY (Church) A beautiful body of believers. Eph. 5:26 and Eph. 5:29-30
#3 – A BEAUTIFUL BOUNTY Gal. 5:22 The fruits of the Spirit. Prov. 25:11 (Speaking a word fitly, is beautiful) Our words and life demonstrate the fruits of the Spirit. “You will know them by their fruits” Mat. 7:16 Look at the last verse in Proverbs. 31:31 “Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.” Puts #2 and #3 together.
Philippians 2:14-16 “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life;” and to sum it up, Philip. 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true,…honest,…just,…pure,…lovely,…of a good report, if there be any virtue,…praise, think on these things.