Introduction to the Beauty of God

The Seven Longings of the Human Heart

God created the human spirit with seven longings that draw us to Him and reflect His glory in us. These longings are common in each human heart. They are the longing for the assurance that we are enjoyed by God, the longing to be fascinated, the longing to be beautiful, the longing to be great, the longing for intimacy without shame, the longing to be wholehearted and passionate, and the longing to make a deep and lasting impact.

These cravings leave us empty until they are satisfied in the grace of God. We have a God shaped vacuum (gnawing emptiness) until we are touched by God. To encounter God in these areas describes being fully alive.

The Beauty of Jesus Answers our Longing to be Fascinated

17 Your eyes will see the King in His beauty… (Isa. 33:17)

There is a craving in every human spirit to be fascinated and to marvel. We long to be awestruck and filled with endless wonder. The secular entertainment industry has identified this human longing and has targeted it commercially. They have exploited this foundational craving to their own profit and to our ruin. Because of our Divine design, we need a sense of wonderment in the core of our beings. Many search through secular entertainment and recreation to fulfill this God-given craving to be fascinated. We cannot repent away the longing for entertainment, we can only answer it the right way. Without having a sense of awe, we live aimless and spiritually bored. This makes us vulnerable to Satan’s tactics. A spiritually bored Church is weak. A fascinated believer is strong and thus equipped to face temptation.

The fascinating God created us with a need to be fascinated. God’s answer is the unveiling of Christ Jesus to fascinate the human spirit. Jesus will use Divine entertainment to satisfy our longings. When God reveals God to the human spirit, there is a superior pleasure to any other pleasure in life. In the romance of the gospel Jesus not only heals and forgives, but He fascinates our heart with splendor and beauty. We have a beautiful God who beckons His people to fill their lives with His Word and prayer.

When marvel is restored and we live awestruck, we are spiritually strong. A fascinated man does not need pornography. A spiritually stagnant believer is vulnerable to the vices of darkness.

Jesus is called the Branch of the Lord six times in the OT (Isa. 4:2; 11:1; 60:21; Jer. 23:5; 33:15; Zech. 3:8; 6:12). The word promises that the Branch of the Lord, which is a term for the Messiah in His humanity, the second person of the Trinity, will be seen in His beauty across the earth.

God will strategically use the beauty of Jesus in the End-Times.

2 In that day the Branch of the LORD (Jesus) shall be beautiful and glorious… (Isaiah 4:2)

The Father will unlock the divine treasure chest. The Holy Spirit will take the things that belong to Jesus and give them to us. This is divine entertainment at its highest as the human spirit is awestruck by the beauty of God. In the vast ocean of the beauty of God, a billion years from now we will have new discoveries of the beauty of Jesus.

10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. (1 Cor. 2:10)

We are invited on a Holy Spirit treasure hunt to search for the deep treasures of His splendor that is purposefully hidden in the heart of God. This is the most intense treasure hunt imaginable. It will continue forever. There is nothing more exhilarating than when God reveals God to the human spirit. We focus on climbing this “mountain of mystery” or entering this “vast ocean of endless beauty.” Even small tokens of the knowledge of God will capture and exhilarate the human heart in time and eternity (Is. 6:3; Rev. 4:7).

God’s beauty is a powerful force that empowers and conquers our heart. The reason we seek God’s beauty is because God delights in hiding it. When he progressively unveils His beauty, it subdues us and changes our emotional chemistry and makes us wholehearted lovers of God. God’s eternal beauty is unveiled as time unfolds forever. He has hidden it and unfolds it progressively to the redeemed. He only unveils His beauty to the hungriest of hearts. The process of unveiling it creates ownership and transformation of our emotional chemistry.

I highly recommend Thomas Dubay’s book “Evidential Power of Beauty.”

David a Man After God’s Own Heart

One thing I have desired of the LORD, that will 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 inquire in His temple. (Ps. 27:4)

This gives us a unique insight into the heart of the person that God declared to be a man after His own heart (1 Sam. 13:14). We are to imitate David’s faith, life focus and experience.

David declared that the primary preoccupation of his heart was to seek God’s beauty. The highest goal in David’s life was to know God and to be in God’s house with 4,000 musicians and
288 singers worshiping God (1 Chr. 23:5; 25:7).

The phrase, “all the days of my life,” is significant as it includes David’s teenage years when he sang love songs to God without any audience. David sought the knowledge of God in his youth. He sought God’s beauty during his 20’s, as jealous King Saul chased him throughout all of Judah to kill him, in his 30’s when he was king at Hebron, and in his later years from his 40’s until he died at age 70 as king over all Israel. Whether in a season of victory or testing, whether in a time of exhilaration or depression, the primary thing David set his heart on was God’s beauty. David described it as, “the one thing he desired and sought.” It was the goal and focus of his life. He exerted energy and invested time in this. David was on a life long treasure hunt to discover the beauty of God.

Conculusion

16 His mouth is most sweet, Yes, He is altogether lovely. This is my Beloved… (Song 5:16)

A. All this is true of God’s beauty right now.

2. We can marvel and be awestruck now. David knew God’s beauty would cause him to be a different man.




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