I love the Psalms, and some of my favorites are acrostics. Acrostics use letters from the Hebrew alphabet to form beautiful poetry about God. I’m developing my own alphabetical list (in English) by writing about some of the infinite attributes of God. This week I’m on the letter B. I’m not saying mine is the definitive list, but I will use Scripture as the bedrock for each letter. I hope you’ll join me on this journey and even develop your own list.
Recently my wife, daughter, and I spent a week in Seattle at the home of our friends Rich and Sandi. During the first day of our visit Rich remarked about the spectacular view of Mount Rainier that still moves him each time he sees it.
As much as we wanted to see this, the clouds and fog obscured any view of the mountain, so it remained a dim vision in our imagination. Later in the week, however, as we drove back to their home from a day of sightseeing the clouds gave way to crystal clear, blue skies. Immediately we beheld the breathtaking view of the snow-covered peak that towered over the horizon. It was closer and more majestic than we ever imagined—and incredibly beautiful!
I reflected that my relationship with and worship of God is like that experience. I sometimes move through life surrounded by thick clouds and fog of circumstances, challenges, and even disappointments. I affirm God’s presence and beauty above and beyond my circumstances, but at times this can feel barely enough, even as I press on in faith and trust. Then, the clouds of doubt and circumstances dissipate, and I see God’s majestic, awesome power and beauty. I realize God is bigger, more powerful, and closer than I ever realized. The reality of God’s beauty dwarfs my previous imaginings, and I revel and awe at who He is.
Beauty can be a difficult thing to define or quantify, but we all know and recognize something of beauty when we experience it:
- Seeing a primeval forest waterfall, the first snowfall, a star-filled night, an ocean sunset, the northern lights, or any other natural wonder;
- Holding a newborn child or grandchild for the first time;
- Beholding your bride or groom in the light of your wedding day;
- Beholding your husband or wife in the light of years or decades spent together;
- Spending time with cherished family and friends, making new memories with them;
- Being part of something good in which people’s lives are changed or made better;
- Enjoying good music, art, or writing that elevates our very being to new heights;
Here is my point: at the start and end of all things is God, the Creator of all things beautiful. In fact, God is the very definition and source of beauty. From Him all things beautiful have come to be. God is beautiful—above and beyond anything in all the cosmos or in our imaginations.
We live in a world that by its very flawed nature tends to obscure the very beauty that God created and intended for us. Sometimes it is hard to remember and see God’s beauty through the fog of life. It’s good to hold God’s Word in your heart and let this remind and rekindle the passion for His beauty:
“To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it.” (Deuteronomy 1:14)
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” (Psalm 19:1)
“The God of gods—it’s God!—speaks out, shouts, ‘Earth!’
welcomes the sun in the east,
farewells the disappearing sun in the west.
From the dazzle of Zion,
God blazes into view.
Our God makes his entrance,
he’s not shy in his coming.
Starbursts of fireworks precede him.” (Psalm 50:1-3, The Message)
I’ve included a song I wrote and recorded called “The Nature of You” and hope this helps remind you of the incomparable beauty of our God.
The “B’ of my God alphabet is this: God is beautiful! Even when we don’t always feel His presence, God is much closer and more majestic than we can ever imagine.
God bless you!