Ps.27:4 - One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple.
Have you ever been in the undeniable presence of the Lord? Have you ever pondered what exactly that is? Apparently, the manifested glory is the unveiling of God’s character or His goodness. His character is revealed in all of His acts. We see Him on display in His glorious portrayal of His attributes in creation. His glory is seen in His work off redemption. His glory (goodness) is clearly seen in His humanity, the Lord Jesus Christ. When the presence of the Lord is manifest, that too is an unveiling of His nature. Just as Jesus showed us the Father, the manifestation of the Holy Spirit also reveals the nature of the Heavenly Father. Here is how Edwards describes this beauty.
“God is infinitely exalted above all created beings in excellency and loveliness. It all runs upon infinites in God: so great as is his duration, so great as is his being and essence, so great is his excellency and loveliness. His excellency excels all other excellencies that ever were seen or heard of, as much as his being exceeds created beings in greatness. It must needs be so: for all other excellencies proceed from him as the fountain, for he has made them all; he has made all things that are excellent, and therefore must have given them their excellency, and so must have all that excellency in himself, or else could not have given it. He must have all the glories, perfections, and beauties of the whole creation in himself in an infinite degree, for they all proceed from him, as beams do from the sun, and [he] is as much more excellent than they all, as the whole sun is than one single ray.”
The Lord is passionate about His glory. He went to great links to show all of His attributes in the magnificence of creation. His incredible display of humility was seen when He took on a human body. Every time His presence falls on us it is God’s love calling us near. When you see beauty in a simple rose, or power in the thunder and lightning, sovereignty in the rise and fall of political powers, or the display of grace in the testimony of a changed person that is God wooing us with His infinite beauty. There is truly no one like the Lord – not even close.