Note: This is the final installment of the 4-part series Declare, Decree & Decide.
Psalms 27:4 to “Decide”
(“decide” – to arrive at a verdict on the basis of evidence)
One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. Ps. 27:4 NIV
David makes his “declaration” that God is light and that God is salvation. David then “decrees” that God is a glorious protector. David had all the evidence he needed to make a decision. Now David “decides” in Psalms 27:4 to press into his light, salvation and protection! David decides that there is no one else who is his light and there is no one else who will suffice as his salvation and there is no one who could protect him like God. God was and is his “one thing”. His decision was based on all that God has done, is doing and will do on his behalf.
David asked to gaze on the face of a most beautiful God. Deeply rooted in every human heart is an unquenchable longing for beauty, a God-given sense that beauty must have a meaning that is superior and more permanent and central than us. It can stir pleasure, delight, wonder, and even fascination. Every redeemed individual longs to declare that God’s beauty is unsurpassed and immeasurable. Every believer desires a rare glimpse of this beautiful One who is great. Every believer yearns to see the fullness of His glory.
David desires to see the reality of the person, nature, and character of God Himself – whose, beauty, attributes and characteristics are endless. While we often confine beauty to external beauty, God is not limited to external beauty. Although He is magnificent in external beauty, His nature, and attributes are unequaled in beauty.
As we gaze on this beautiful God, it causes a deeper hunger to know Him! While He is unsurpassed in excellence and while He completely unfathomable, we can still look upon Him and desire intimacy with Him. The reason people are attracted to beauty and long to be attractive and wanted by another is because God is the ultimate Beautiful One. He is the absolute original pattern of all other beauty. He made humankind to long for His beauty because He sees people as beautiful and longs for intimacy with them. No one will ever understand all of God, yet He draws us into exhilaration and examination of His character and nature. You were made to explore God and the place to start is His beauty. This is what you were created for, anything less will leave you unsatisfied.
God is beautiful in all His ways. He is relentless and lovingly pursues humankind reaching out in the romance of all the ages with nail pierced hands. It was the beauty of Jesus that caused the disciples to drop everything and follow Him. (Matthew 4:19 NIV) It wasn’t His looks or His charisma that drew them to Him. It was His supernatural beauty; the wondrous fragrance of love that emanates from Him and ever consumes those who draw nearer and deeper. As we gaze on His beauty we will be intoxicated from just one glimpse and just one breath of His fragrance.
Song of Solomon 1:3 NIV tells us:
Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out. No wonder the young women love You!
THE BEAUTY REALM OF GOD
The Prophets Daniel and Isaiah were also given a glimpse into the beauty realm of a beautiful God. It so overwhelmed Isaiah that he cried out, “Woe to me!”…”I am ruined” (Isaiah 6:5 NIV). The breathtaking and spell bounding beauty of God ruined him forever. He could no longer be content with what the world had to offer. Any believer who seeks after God with their entire being will also be ruined forever as they will take on the beautiful “fragrance of Christ” (2 Corinthians 2:15 NKJV) and become His image bearer. The cares and offerings of the world just won’t mean that much anymore because they will fully understand why they were created, and why they cannot take their eyes off of Him! The inferior pleasures of this world simply do not stack up to the shear beauty of Christ. As you fix your eyes on His beauty you will understand all the more David’s cry to “dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple” (Psalms 27:4 NIV). We were fashioned to seek the kind of habit David had!
God is seeking out voluntary lovers who will seek Him and Him alone. These are followers who will have no others God’s before Him. Song of Solomon 1:4 NIVspeaks to this as the bride of Christ speaks to the bridegroom Jesus. “Take me away with you let us hurry! Let the king bring me into his chambers. We rejoice and delight in you; we will praise your love more than wine.” So, today begin to make your declarations, your decrees and your decisions to be a voluntary lover of God!