Posts Tagged ‘Behold the Lord’s Beauty’

The Beauty of the King-Wonder!

December 3, 2018

One thing I have asked of the Lord, and that I will seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, To gaze upon the beauty [the delightful loveliness and majestic grandeur] of the Lord And to meditate in His temple. -Ps 27:4

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And then when then when the “perfect” comes …
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For now [in this time of imperfection] we see in a mirror dimly [a blurred reflection, a riddle, an enigma], but then [when the time of perfection comes we will see reality] face to face. Now I know in part [just in fragments], but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known [by God]. -1Cor 13:12
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May we never lose the wonder of the beauty of the King!

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Following the King’s Beauty

May 22, 2009

Psalm 27:4-6    One thing I have asked from the LORD, this is what I seek: 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 seek Him in His temple. For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in His dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at His tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD.

What happens when we, like David, make beholding the beauty of the King in the place where He dwells(ZionPs 132:13) the ‘one thing’ that we seek?

We ‘taste and see’ and know that the Lord is good! –Ps 34:8
We know that His love is better than life –Ps 63:3
… more delightful than wine –Song 1:2

This creates a passion, a thirst like that of the deer panting for the streams of living water.

As the hart pants and longs for the water brooks, so I pant and long for You, O God. My inner self thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God? -Ps 42:1-2 AMP

A passion which follows hard[01692], clinging, cleaving closely to the Lord. Following hard enough to capture or overtake(Ps 63:8) that which is sought.

A passion to reach for and capture the prize, a passion to run the race with endurance.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. –1 Cor 9:24 

… I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. -Phil 3:13-14

This passion of the hart is also the passion of the Bride for the Bridegroom.

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth — For your love is better than wine. Because of the fragrance of your good ointments, Your name is ointment poured forth; Therefore the virgins love you. Draw me after you and let us run together! The king has brought me into his chambers.” “We will rejoice in you and be glad; We will extol your love more than wine. The upright love you.” -Song 1:2-4

This cry to be drawn away is the cry of the Bride for union and communion with her Beloved. There is an inexpressible glorious joy that results from even the thought of a love like this.

The result of this joy? This following hard after the King?

Psalm 63:1-8    O GOD, You are my God, earnestly will I seek You; my inner self thirsts for You, my flesh longs and is faint for You, in a dry and weary land where no water is.

2 So I have looked upon You in the sanctuary to see Your power and Your glory.

3 Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.

4 So will I bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.

5 My whole being shall be satisfied as with marrow and *fatnes[01880]; and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips

6 When I remember You upon my bed and meditate on You in the night watches.

7 For You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings will I rejoice.

8 My whole being follows hard after You and clings closely to You; Your right hand upholds me.

Your whole being shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and your mouth shall show forth His praise!

You shall be upheld by the King’s mighty right hand.

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My Cup Overflows!

Psalm 23:5 AMP     You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You *anoint[01878] my head with **oil; My [brimming] cup runs over.

 

 

** It is difficult for those living in a temperate climate to appreciate, but it was customary in hot climates to anoint the body with oil to protect it from excessive perspiration. When mixed with perfume, the oil imparted a delightfully refreshing and invigorating sensation. Athletes anointed their bodies as a matter of course before running a race. As the body, therefore, anointed with oil was refreshed, invigorated, and better fitted for action, so the Lord would anoint His “sheep” with the Holy Spirit, Whom oil symbolizes, to fit them to engage more freely in His service and run in the way He directs–in heavenly fellowship with Him.

Psalm 36:7-9     How priceless is Your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of Your wings. They drink their fill of the *abundance[01880] of Your house; and You give them to drink of the river of Your delights. For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.

Jeremiah 31:7, 11-14    For thus says the LORD, “Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations; Proclaim, give praise and say, ‘O LORD, save Your people, the remnant of Israel.’ 

For the LORD has ransomed Jacob and redeemed him from the hand of him who was stronger than he. “They will come and shout for joy on the height of Zion, and they will be radiant over the bounty of the LORD– over the grain and the new wine and the oil, and over the young of the flock and the herd; And their life will be like a watered garden, and they will never languish again.  “Then the virgin will rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old, together, for I will turn their mourning into joy and will comfort them and give them joy for their sorrow. “I will fill the soul of the priests with *abundance[01880], and My people will be satisfied with My goodness,” declares the LORD.

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From http://net.bible.org/verse.php?book=Psa&chapter=23&verse=5
http://net.bible.org/verse.php?book=Psa&chapter=36&verse=8
http://net.bible.org/verse.php?book=Psa&chapter=63&verse=5
http://net.bible.org/verse.php?book=jer&chapter=31&verse=14

abundance -deshen [01880]1) fat ashes, fatness
1a) fatness
1a1) of fertility
1a2) of blessing (fig.)
1b) fat ashes (ashes of victims, mixed with the fat)


from 1878; the fat; abstractly fatness, i.e. (figuratively)
abundance; specifically the (fatty) ashes of sacrifices:-
ashes, fatness.

 

see HEBREW for dashen [01878]
1) to be fat, grow fat, become fat, become prosperous, anoint

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Related
Follow Hard: The Passion of the Hart{article}
One Thing I Ask{article}

 

Seek His Face!

May 21, 2009

1 Chronicles 16:11    Look to the LORD and His strength; seek His face always{continually}.

Psalm 27:4-6    One thing I have asked from the LORD, this is what I seek: 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 seek Him in His temple. For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in His dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at His tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD.

The Lord used the above scriptures at a special time in my life when the Holy Spirit was just beginning to flow thru me in a new way to touch others. It was thru singing and praising the Lord in a small group, simply beholding the beauty of the Lord and enjoying His presence that He allowed a new song to first rise up from within me: ‘Celebrate the King’. This new experience also caused me to search my heart/motives and to see that there is a difference between seeking the Lord for the gift {His hand} and seeking His face to truly know Him, the person.

What does it mean to seek the Lord’s face to behold His beauty? The meaning of the Hebrew words

seek  is: baqash [01245]: to search out in worship or prayer
face is: paniym [06440]: presence, person
and behold is: chazah [02372]: to see (by experience), to perceive, to contemplate (with pleasure). 

So to seek the Lord’s face to behold His beauty would mean to search out His person or presence in worship/prayer to experience, perceive and enjoy your relationship with one another.

The difference between seeking the Lord’s face over His hand is also seen by Mary, who like David chose the same ‘one thing’, to sit at the feet of Jesus and behold.

Luke 10:41-42    “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

Mary chose the ‘one thing’ that Jesus says is necessary. The Lord turns His face towards the David’s and Mary’s who come to sit and simply abide at His feet to behold Him. The eyes of the Lord are upon –

  • … those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love. -Ps 33:18
  • … the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. -1 Pe 3:12
  • … those whose heart is loyal{fully devoted} to Him, for the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong on their behalf. -2 Chron 16:9

 

The Father’s heart is open to those who have an ongoing relationship with Him; His children who not only come to Him with their needs but who also seek His face to enjoy their relationship with Him.

The Father’s heart is open to His children who come to simply abide and  behold His beauty.

John 15:7 NASB    If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

John 15:7 MSG   But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon.

Heart check–
There is nothing like feeling His power/anointing flowing thru you touching others but …

Are you seeking His anointing — His hand or are you seeking His person — the relationship?

What would you do if the flow of His power or anointing thru you stopped?

 

Luke 10:17-21    The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”

He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.

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1 Chronicles 16:8-11   Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done. Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of all His wonderful acts. Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. Look to the LORD and His strength; seek His face always{continually}.

2 Samuel 6:21 … “I will celebrate before the LORD.”

Celebrate the King! 
Karen Holland

I will celebrate before my King -2 Sam 6:21
I will celebrate my heart will sing.

The song of Jesus, let it rise
Burst forth from deep within. -Ps 16:11, 98:4

All my heart, All my soul, All my mind
With all my might -Mk 12:30
The song of Jesus, let it rise
All within me sings. -Ps 103:1

Chorus
Hal le lu Yah — Hal le lu -Ps 146:1; Rev 19:6
All honor, All glory, All praise
Worthy is the Lamb -Rev 5:12
Hal le lu Yah — Hal le lu
He is victorious, He reigns!
Celebrate, Celebrate the King.

O Lord, You’re Beautiful

May 10, 2009

The Lord used the following song at a special time in my life when the Holy Spirit was just beginning to flow thru me in a new way to touch others. It was thru beholding the beauty of the Lord that He allowed a new song to first rise up from within me: ‘Celebrate the King’. This new experience also caused me to search my heart/motives and to see that there is a difference between seeking the Lord for the gift and seeking His face to truly know Him, the person.

 

O Lord, You’re Beautiful
Keith Green

Oh Lord, You’re beautiful
Your face is all I seek
For when Your eyes are on this child
Your grace abounds to me.

Oh Lord, please light the fire
That once burned bright and clean
Replace the lamp of my first love
That burns with holy fear.

I want to take Your Word and shine it all around
But first help me just to live it, Lord
And when I’m doing well, help me to never seek a crown
For my reward is giving glory to You.

The eyes of the Lord are upon —

  • But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love. -Ps 33:18
  • For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. -1 Pe 3:12
  • For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal{fully devoted} to Him. -2 Chron 16:9

 

The Father’s heart is open to those who have an ongoing relationship with Him; His children who not only come to Him with their needs but who also seek His face to enjoy their relationship with Him.

The Father’s heart is open to His children who come to simply abide and  behold His beauty.

John 15:7 NASB    If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

John 15:7 MSG   But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon.

Psalm 27:4-6    One thing I have asked from the LORD, this is what I seek: 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 seek Him in His temple. For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in His dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at His tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD.

Heart check–
There is nothing like feeling His power/anointing flowing thru you touching others but …

Are you seeking His anointing — His hand or are you seeking His person — the relationship?

What would you do if the flow of His power or anointing thru you stopped?

Luke 10:17-21    The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”

He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.

From Daily Promise
http://dailyqt.crossmap.com/    Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. (Ja 4:10 KJV) Reflection: This conditional promise can be misused by some who have ulterior motives, but when we truly humble ourselves in the Lord’s sight it can in no way be for our own lifting up. True humility would put ourselves last and that is what makes this paradoxical truth so amazing. We cannot lift our own selves up; it is only God who is able to do that and He only does that when we are humbled before Him. We also saw this demonstrated in Christ who “humbled Himself to the point of death—even the death of the cross” yet “God exalted Him” (Phil 2:8-9).

1 Chronicles 16:8-11    Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done. Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of all His wonderful acts. Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. Look to the LORD and His strength; seek His face always{continually}.
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2 Samuel 6:21 … “I will celebrate before the LORD.”

Celebrate the King

I will celebrate before my King -2 Sam 6:21
I will celebrate my heart will sing.

The song of Jesus, let it rise
Burst forth from deep within. -Ps 16:11, 98:4

All my heart, All my soul, All my mind
With all my might -Mk 12:30
The song of Jesus, let it rise
All within me sings. -Ps 103:1

Chorus
Hal le lu Yah — Hal le lu -Ps 146:1; Rev 19:6
All honor, All glory, All praise
Worthy is the Lamb -Rev 5:12
Hal le lu Yah — Hal le lu
He is victorious, He reigns!
Celebrate, Celebrate the King.