Psa. 27:4 ¶ One thing have I asked of the LORD,

that will I seek after:

that I may dwell in the house of the LORD

all the days of my life,

to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD

and to inquire in his temple.

Following your heart can be quite confusing. Sometimes our heart can be quite deceiving, especially to ourselves. Having our heart changed is at the very center of what the Christian life is all about. How can we change our heart? Actually it is quite simple and hard at the same time. It is simple because we are to follow what we love. It is hard for the same reasons, we often love the wrong things. That is where the power of the gospel comes in. Our heart is changed, the very fabric of what we love, by the power of God’s love. He loves us into this new life of obedience. Here is how Dane Ortlund explains it in his book about the preaching of Jonathan Edwards.

“The heart of obedience is not summoning the will to do what it loathes. Rather, obedience is fruit- it is the outward manifestation of inward health. We naturally blossom because we are planted in the soil of the gospel with the sun of divine grace shining upon us. Obedience does not come out of a new raw power to now do what we don’t want to do; obedience comes because we now delight to do what we hated before. To obey is thus not to mechanically force our behavior into line with God’s moral law so much as it is living out a new delight in God. Burgeoning bank accounts, lavish vacations, orgasmic pleasure, celebrity-like fame; such things have lost their luster. We have seen real beauty.”

Edwards also spoke about the role beauty plays in the changing of our heart.

Holiness is a most beautiful and lovely thing. We drink in strange notions of holiness from our childhood, as if it were a melancholy, [morose, sour,] and unpleasant thing; but there is nothing in it but what is sweet and ravishingly lovely. ‘Tis the highest beauty and amiableness, vastly above all other beauties; ’tis a divine beauty, makes the soul heavenly and far purer than anything here on earth (this world is like mire and filth and defilement, to that soul which is sanctified); ’tis of a sweet, pleasant, charming, lovely, amiable, delightful, serene, calm, and still nature;”

So yeah, it does pay to follow our heart after our heart has tasted true beauty for itself. Once that happens, like David, your life will become fixated on the beauty of God.

5 Replies to “REAL BEAUTY”

  1. Amen!! I love that so much as living out a NEW delight in god!!yes and the role beauty plays in changing our hearts!change our hearts to your heart and character in your character!!in Jesus name.. We love you Jesus! We praise you king of king and lord of lords!!Jesus!!

  2. HALLELUJAH, it’s all New THROUGH the Great I AM. YOU ARE GLORIOUS/BEAUTIFUL as YOU reveal YOURSELF to us with YOUR beautiful touch daily, HALLELUJAH. I LOVE YOU JESUS.
    Good morning Pastor Frank, HALLELUJAH, have a great day in our KING JESUS. Love you.

  3. Upon conversion, salvation, your moment with God or whatever you call it, there was a change. Eyes were opened, a new heart given and a new life begun.
    I think the next step is most important, will we actively seek after The Lord or return to our ways of old. This new life requires a different diet. The things of this world will not feed the spiritual part of us, but rather starve it and render us impotent to live our new lives.

    1. This is a portion of a devotional from Charles Spurgeon:
      “In your spirit, as well as in your aim, you should differ from the world. Waiting humbly before God, always conscious of his presence, delighting in communion with him, and seeking to know his will, you will prove that you are of heavenly race. And you should be separate from the world in your actions. If a thing be right, though you lose by it, it must be done; if it be wrong, though you would gain by it, you must scorn the sin for your Master’s sake. You must have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Walk worthy of your high calling and dignity. Remember, O Christian, that thou art a son of the King of kings. Therefore, keep thyself unspotted from the world. Soil not the fingers which are soon to sweep celestial strings; let not these eyes become the windows of lust which are soon to see the King in his beauty—let not those feet be defiled in miry places, which are soon to walk the golden streets—let not those hearts be filled with pride and bitterness which are ere long to be filled with heaven, and to overflow with ecstatic joy.”

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