Summary: The beauty of God is greater than the ugliness of our fear.
“A Beauty Greater Than Our Fears, Part 1: Beauty Has a Name.”
- Set context for the Psalm – 2 Sam 15
I. Intro – Mole, Dr. called, tornado, Child not home yet; these are the times when fear grips our hearts and cripples us with thoughts of the worst possibilities. How do we deal with these fears? David turns his attention to the beauty of God. We see that there is a beauty greater than our fears; this is what we will focus on…
II. What is the Beauty of the Lord?
A. The loss of Beauty
1. As we read this phrase, we have an immediate disconnect. This is odd to us because we think of beauty as something that is seen; yet, God is unseen. How can a being we can’t see be beautiful?
2. Our culture has made beauty something completely external, “beauty is only skin deep.”
3. And that it is relative. It is now said, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”
4. Because we have bought into this lie, we do not understand how David can say that God, who is unseen, is beautiful; and therefore, we’ve stopped speaking this way. In speaking to one another, we do well to remind each other that God is loving, or that he is in control, but when was the last time you heard someone speak of God’s beauty?
5. Christian used to talk this way (hymns, Puritan writings)
a. Jonathan Edwards, “Sweet Excellencies,” “Altogether Lovely,”
i. “Fairest Lord Jesus”
“Beautiful Savior, Lord of all nations, Son of God and Son of man! Glory and honor, Praise, adoration, Now and forevermore be Thine!”
ii. “Thou Lovely Source of True Delight” – Ann Steele, 1760
6. We now have to ask the question, “What is beauty?”
B. The Source of Beauty – God Himself
1. We find in the Scriptures that Beauty has a definition, it has a name, it has a prime source that is the fountain of all other beauty– God Himself is beauty.
2. God’s beauty is his perfections. His power is beautiful; etc. but it is not simply that they are eternal that makes them beautiful; rather, it is their relationship to one another.
3. It is the interplay of all his attributes as they are seen together that is his beauty.
4. ILL – colors on a painting
5. So, when we look at God, we behold One who possesses an “admirable conjunction of diverse qualities.”
a. We do not simply see a being that is all powerful, but one that uses his unlimited power in conjunction with his unsurpassing wisdom, and all-encompassing goodness, to bring about the most wise, and most good thing that is possible for those whom he has set his eternal love upon.
b. So, as we see all of God’s divine attributes displayed together, the only conclusion is that he is beautiful.
6. Beauty is not in the eye of the beholder; rather, that which is beautiful is only beautiful in so much as it reflects something about God. This is why when the Scriptures speak to us about our beauty, it is in terms of godly characteristics.