Seeing Beauty

Casual glances rarely take in beauty.

Beauty is found when we linger and ponder. When we take the time to meditate on what we are seeing, reading, or hearing. Beauty often requires a stillness that we rarely make time for anymore.

David was many things in his lifetime. A shepherd, a warrior, a fugitive, and even a king. Thankfully, David was also an artist. It’s one thing to know the story of David; but his songs and compositions give us the chance to see his inner-life, his struggles, his joys, his passions, and his convictions. That vulnerable glimpse into the heart of David has been invaluable to many throughout history.

I’ve always found it interesting that one of his longest compositions was about the Word.

Psalm 119 has 176 verses full of delight, longing, and gratitude for the Word of God. It’s a beautiful piece of work.

But the thing about human art is that it is never truly original. It’s always inspired by something else. The beauty of man-made art is often found in its ability to capture or re-communicate something that already exists. Something that is already true.

It would seem to me that David saw something beautiful and inspiring about God’s Word.

Several years ago, I remember desperately wanting to see what David saw. I had grown up around the Bible. I (temporarily) memorized all those verses as a kid in order to win some toy or piece of candy. I grew up listening to great speakers and teachers. There were glimpses of beauty along the way, but I hadn’t yet seen it for myself.

David encouraged me to look for the beauty found in God’s Word. This shift in how I approached the Word was monumental in my life. An open Bible was no longer a check mark off a to-do list, it was a scavenger hunt. I was now reading with new eyes and it didn’t take long for new treasures to appear. Treasures that cause me to want to echo the words of David with my life,

My tongue will sing of your word, for all your commandments are right. 

Psalm 119:172

Is God’s Word beautiful to you? 

I want you to answer honestly. That’s not a condemnation or even a challenge. Just a starting question. The follow-up question is this:

Do you want to see the beauty that can be found in the Word? 

Then start looking for it.

That might sound overly simple. And, it is. You should also ask the Holy Spirit to help you to give you eyes to see. I’m praying that for you and I believe He will if you ask and look. But again, beauty is rarely seen by glances. It will likely take some time, but I’m telling you, it’s worth it.

If you’ve recently found something beautiful in the Word, post it below. That would encourage me and I know it would encourage others too.

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