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Behold the Beauty of God - Richard J. Vincent

Behold the Beauty of God

The Beauty of Holiness and the Holiness of Beauty
 
by Richard J. Vincent
 
If you could ask God for one thing, what would it be? Why would you choose this as your “one thing”?
In Psalm 27, the psalmist asks God for “one thing” and gives the reason for his choice.
 
One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall 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 meditate in his temple. (Ps. 27:4)
 
The psalmist longs to dwell in the God’s house all of his days. The reason reveals his greatest desire: to behold the beauty of the Lord. For the psalmist, temple worship and God’s beauty are linked together. If God’s beauty is to be experienced, it will be experienced from within the context of sacred worship.
The psalmist makes this connection because beauty was a significant part of temple worship. The first explicit giving of God’s Spirit to his people involved equipping artists and craftsmen to create beautiful objects for use in divine worship.