2Cor.. 4:6,7 – For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
Recently, “seeing the glory or beauty of the Lord” has become popular terminology, especially in worship music. This is the question I want to pose to you today, “What does it mean to behold the glory of the Lord?” And secondly, “Have you seen His beauty or glory recently?” According to the Bible, God reveals Himself today through the written word of God. That is where we touch His beauty and experience His glory. You see the Bible is not just a road map about how to live our lives, it is an unveiling of the very glory of God seen in His Son. Hearing God’s word proclaimed and diligently searching the scriptures for ourselves is where we see the glory of the Lord displayed. Here is how John Piper, expounding on Jonathan Edwards’, teaching describes this powerful divine truth.
“The demons know there is a gospel, and they know that the Bible is God’s word. But what they do not see, as Edwards says, is the beauty, excellency, perfection, loveliness, and holiness of the truth. “Seeing they do not see”. That is the lot of all of us until God gives us eyes to see. So the nature of what we need to know determines how we can know it. If the glory of God in the gospel is what we must know—if this is where our faith must rest—then the eyes to see this glory are not merely the eyes of our head, but what Paul calls the “eyes of our heart”. This is why Edwards says, “The gospel of the blessed God does not go abroad a-begging for its evidence, so much as some think: it has its highest and most proper evidence in itself.”
Jesus spoke often about this truth, He said we must have eyes to see the reality of God. Jesus, being the word of God, was the vessel God spoke through while Christ was on earth. Today, we are blessed with His written word. Here is where God reveals Himself to those who have ears to hear. So take some time to soak in His word, you too will be given eyes to see the beauty of the Lord.