THE GLORY OF GOD ON CAPE COD

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Let the Beauty of Jesus be Seen on Cape Cod

by Myron Heckman on September 27, 2016
Let the Beauty of Jesus be Seen on Cape Cod
by Myron Heckman

We deeply appreciate beautiful things. Take a Cape Cod sunset over the bay when the clouds are just right. Nobody can paint like God. Or we may think of a piece of music that moves us, or it may even be said of a long touchdown pass, "that was beautiful!" 

 
  But do you ever think of the beauty of God? Not as likely, I'd venture. That way of speaking of God may seem off-kilter, perhaps a little too familiar, akin to saying God is "pretty." Or we may consider it a well-place description of God, but it may rarely enter our minds.
 The Bible speaks of the beauty of God. The Psalmist speaks of the "beauty of holiness."
 
And in Psalm 27:4 we read -
One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek:
  That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,
  To behold the beauty of the LORD
 
As we think of giving glory to God on Cape Cod. we will want to take true pleasure in the beauty of God, to behold that wonder.  That beauty can be defined as God possessing in His character everything that is desirable, and all His plans are exquisite in wisdom and love.
 
We have treasures old and new from our storehouse of songs that help us with this.
The hymn "Fairest Lord Jesus" has the Church singing
All fairest beauty, heavenly and earthly,
Wondrously, Jesus, is found in Thee;
  and goes on to describe Him as a Beautiful Savior.
 
A new song is "Beautiful One", describes the impact of the beauty of God's holiness on us, which is to extol Him:
Powerful so powerful , Your glory fills the skies 
Your mighty works displayed for all to see 
The beauty of your majesty awakes my heart to sing 
How marvelous how wonderful you are
 
The prophecy of Isaiah 33:17 is that we would have a beautiful Savior.
   "Your eyes will see the King in His beauty"
 
The full humanity and the full deity of Christ together in one person is a beautiful partnering for our salvation. The cross, on a surface level repulsive, is an exquisite expression of God's perfect justice and love. The resurrection is a majestic triumph over our final enemy of death with the gift of an unending life of bliss. We will do well to have a sharp  focus on beholding the beauty of the Lord now, as we shall do it for all eternity without ever growing tired of it.
 
If we are going to extol beautiful things in nature and humanity and paintings and music and athletics then let us wonderingly admire Jesus Christ as the brightest light, the purest One.
And that has an impact on us. What we behold we become like. Thus we have the song, 
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me, All His wonderful passion and purity.
 
 
David's life gives us an example of how we reflect the beauty the Lord. David on his path to the throne lived a life aligned with God's purposes and the beauty of godly love could be seen in his refusal to take King Saul's life, even though he had been murderously hunted by Saul.  By any standard of justice David taking Saul's life would have been justified as an act of self-defense, but David would let God decide the timing of establishing his kingdom.
But then David was insulted by the wealthy sheep and goat rancher named Nabal. "“Who is David, and who is the son of Jesse? There are many servants nowadays who break away each one from his master." (I Samuel 25:10) David, emotions frayed from running in the desert, succumbed to self-pity and decided to take revenge on Nabal and every male in his household. "Gird on your sword, men" he directed his band of warriors. (I Samuel 25:13) Maddening and ignorant as was Nabal's insult, there was no justification to avenge with death and it looks like an unbecoming tantrum.
 
It was Nabal's wife Abigail who intervened and humbly intercepted David on his mission of vengeance. She is described to us as "a woman of good understanding and beautiful appearance." (I Samuel 25:3).She made an impassioned and superbly reasoned appeal to David not to carry out his destructive mission (vv 22-31). And David listened and heard her,  and replied. (vv 32-33)
“Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me! And blessed is your advice and blessed are you, because you have kept me this day from coming to bloodshed and from avenging myself with my own hand.
Eugene Peterson put it as this woman, Abigail, "beautiful of character and countenance," spoke beauty back into David's life.
 The lesson is twofold as we seek to make known the glory of God on Cape Cod.
  Have ears to hear those who may speak beauty back into your life - that is, to align your life with the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.
   And seek to speak the beauty of Christ into others lives when appropriate, with humility and tact and love helping them to see the blessing of aligning or re-aligning their lives with Christ's Kingdom.
 
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen on Cape Cod.
 
Our prayer for ourselves and our churches:
And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us…
    Psalm 90:17
 
Myron Heckman, Cape Cod Bible Alliance Church, Brewster
 
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