The Beauty of His Presence
Professor of Theology Terry Morrow
God’s presence is often referred to as beautiful. When a person gives their heart to Christ, it is beautiful. When we see the moving of the Holy Spirit in the life of a wayward believer, it is beautiful. When the world sees God working in powerful ways, it is beautiful. When a child is born and takes its first breath, it is beautiful.
In the Old Testament, the word, Na ah meant to be beautiful or befitting. In Psalm 93:5 NIV, David wrote, “Your statutes, LORD, stand affirm; holiness adorns your house for endless days.”
In the New Testament, John wrote in his revelation of the New Jerusalem, “I saw the Holy city, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband (Revelation 21:2 NIV). John used the Greek word, kosmeo that meant to be prepared, adorned or to be garnish with beauty. This city is going to be the most beautiful bride that any man could behold. We will stand in awe of how magnificent and beautiful it will be.
When God’s presence touches the life of an individual, beauty is exchanged for despair; hurts are replaced with God’s healing; fears are removed and the Lord replaces them with the beauty of his holiness. His presence becomes our beauty.
The LORD of creation brings to us his love, compassion, kindness, commitment and wholeness through his presence in our lives. There is no sweeter place to be than in the beauty of God’s presence.
Because of our Messiah, Jesus, and his love bestowed to us on the cross, we can say as King David did of God’s beautiful presence, “Surely you have granted him eternal blessings and made him glad with the joy of your presence.” Psalm 21:6 NIV