Finding Beauty

Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
    worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness. (Ps. 29:1-2)

“Worship the Lord in the beauty of his holiness” (KJV)

“…both beauty and holiness are perpetually in short supply. Beauty is commonly trivialized in our culture, reduced to decoration, equated with the insipidities of ‘pretty’ or ‘nice’… Beauty is fundamental.” (Eugene Peterson)

We are far too easily entertained and we settle for blandness in our faith. Holiness, in Peterson’s observations, “is in wild and furious opposition to all such banality and blandness.”

It is about smoke pouring off the mountain as Moses went up to meet God. It is the powerful presence of God filling a temple as Isaiah cried out, “Woe is me!”

When you encounter the true holiness of God, you tend to smell of smoke.

“We need to rub our noses in the stuff of this world, inhale its fragrance, press our hands into the clay, listen to the songs and stories. God is out recruiting every writer, artist, musician, pastor, child, and parent he can find to help us do just that so we can worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” (Peterson)

(Thoughts and quotes from As Kingfishers Catch Fire)

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