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.”
(Psalm 27:4, ESV; all Bible quotations are from the ESV)
Yesterday my family and I read what Wayne Grudem says about the beauty of God in Chapter 13, “The Character of God: ‘Communicable’ Attributes (Part 2),” of his Systematic Theology (Zondervan, 1994), which we’re reading in our after breakfast Bible reading time. God’s beauty is related to His perfection. Grudem distinguishes between them by taking God’s perfection to mean that God doesn’t lack anything desirable and His beauty to mean that God has everything desirable.
We reflect God’s beauty when we exhibit conduct that is pleasing to Him. Peter tells the women in the churches to which he writes to “let your adorning” or source of beauty be “the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit” rather than “external things [like] the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jeweley, or the clothing you wear” (1 Peter 3:4). Paul tells the Christians in Ephesus that our displaying such beauty is so important to God that “Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her…so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:25-27).
Grudem closes his consideration of God’s beauty by encouraging us to enjoy fellowship with other Christians in which we see God’s character reflected because in doing so we are delighting in God Himself.