Beauty for Today

The Word of God is a powerful source in drawing our eyes back to the Lord Jesus and causing our focus to gaze on the eternal rather than temporal.

This morning, my Scripture reading landed me in one of my favorite Psalms. Psalm 34.

Take some time and allow these truths to sink in deeply.

1 I will bless the Lord at all times;
    his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
    let the humble hear and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
    and let us exalt his name together!

I sought the Lord, and he answered me
    and delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant,
    and their faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
    and saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps
    around those who fear him, and delivers them.

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
    Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints,
    for those who fear him have no lack!
10 The young lions suffer want and hunger;
    but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

11 Come, O children, listen to me;
    I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 What man is there who desires life
    and loves many days, that he may see good?
13 Keep your tongue from evil
    and your lips from speaking deceit.
14 Turn away from evil and do good;
    seek peace and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
    and his ears toward their cry.
16 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
    to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears
    and delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
    and saves the crushed in spirit.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
    but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
20 He keeps all his bones;
    not one of them is broken.
21 Affliction will slay the wicked,
    and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
    none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

In his sermon “God’s Ultimate Purpose: Vessels of Mercy Knowing the Riches of His Glory,” John Piper says of verse 8 (“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!”):

To you who say you have never tasted the glory of God, I say, you have tasted many of its appetizers.

Have you ever looked up? Have you ever been hugged? Have you ever sat in front of a warm fire? Have you ever walked in the woods, sat by a lake, lain in a summer hammock? Have you ever drunk your favorite drink on hot day or eaten anything good? 

Every desire is either a devout or distorted enticement to the glory of heaven. …

The best place to get your heart tuned is at the cross of Jesus Christ. “We have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

If you want the most concentrated display of the glory of God, look at Jesus in the Gospels, and look especially at the cross. This will focus your eyes and tune your heart and waken your taste buds so that you will see and hear and taste the glory of the true God everywhere.

Some of my favorite verses of Scripture are found in this Psalm. But what I love most about this is that not only is God good for all of eternity. He is good for in the everyday. As we walk with Christ, regardless of the mundane, the glee, the agony, the frustrations, the sorrow, the loss, the joy, the laughter (those things waiver from day to day), God is unchangingly good. His steadiness is a rock for our souls and a buffer for our emotional responses to life.

That’s good news, isn’t it?! So let’s try in the midst of it all to trust that even if today doesn’t appear to hold this truth for us (as many days here will feel), we can trust that the Lord is good and our eternity…and days…and minutes…are secured in Him.

{Disclaimer: I am still young with much, much to learn. And I hope I always believe that I have much to learn. My earnest prayer is that these truths come back to me by the power of the Spirit during life’s storms that will come.}

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