Sweetness

Well I had an amazing thought about Jesus recently when looking at Psalm 27:4 It goes like this in the NIV Bible….

One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek:

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 seek Him in His temple.

It is a beautiful verse just by itself but when you realize it is Him being talked about. The Lord, He is beautiful. To gaze on Him, a chance to see Him. I mean that is wow… what can be said to make it more wowow. To be in His temple and gaze on His beauty?

I was thinking about this. What would it be like to gaze on His beauty in His temple. His beauty, His beauty, His beauty, His temple, His temple, His temple … then bits and pieces of Isaiah 53 came to mind. (still NIV) He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him, He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised and we esteemed Him not.

This is just verses 2 and 3 of Isaiah out of the whole chapter typed out for you but.. the whole chapter is very moving and is good to read over. Read it over along with Psalm 27:4. He set aside all His beauty and glory to come to our rescue… and yet he was so beautiful of heart when he did it.

We think of shiny things, bling-bling, gold and silver, when using the word beauty. I went to a hotel once and it had marble floors, high ceilings with huge chandeliers and rare paintings on the walls. We would say, at least I would say, oh how beautiful, right?

Does it compare to the, tried in the furnace, pure, clean heart of Jesus?

I have another Bible called the Jerusalem Bible. Look at Psalm 27:4 in it….

One thing I ask of Yahweh, one thing I seek:

to live in the house of Yahweh all the days of my life,

to enjoy the sweetness of Yahweh and to consult him in his temple.

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to live in His house, to know His sweetness, to talk to Him…

To enjoy the sweetness of Yahweh and to consult him in his temple

To enjoy the sweetness of Yahweh and to consult him in his temple

To enjoy the sweetness of Yahweh and to consult him in his temple

My heart stands still

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Isaiah 53:10-12 in the Jerusalem Bible

Yahweh has been pleased to crush him with suffering.

If he offers his life in atonement,

he shall see his heirs, he shall have a long life

and through him what Yahweh wishes will be done.

His soul`s anguish over

he shall see the light and be content.

By his sufferings shall my servant justify many,

taking their faults on himself.

Hence I will grant whole hordes for his tribute,

he shall divide the spoil with the mighty,

for surrendering himself to death

and letting himself be taken for a sinner,

while he was bearing the faults of many

and praying all the time for sinners.

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Do you remember this song?

Isn’t He beautiful, beautiful oh isn’t He, Prince of Peace, Son of God, isn’t He, isn’t He, beautiful

Shalom, Julia French

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