Beauty. O LORD!

Beauty = lovely, handsome, pleasing to the eye; excellence

Psalm 27:4 (NIV) One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.

Psalm 45:11 (NIV) Let the king be enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.

Psalm 50:2 (NIV) From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth.

Proverbs 6:25 (NIV) Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes.

Proverbs 31:30 (NIV) Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Isaiah 33:17 (NIV) Your eyes will see the king in his beauty and view a land that stretches afar.

Isaiah 61:1-4 (NIV)The Year of the Lord’s Favor

61 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,

because the Lord has anointed me

to proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

to proclaim freedom for the captives

and release from darkness for the prisoners,

to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor

and the day of vengeance of our God,

to comfort all who mourn,

and provide for those who grieve in Zion—

to bestow on them a crown of beauty

instead of ashes,

the oil of joy

instead of mourning,

and a garment of praise

instead of a spirit of despair.

They will be called oaks of righteousness,

a planting of the Lord

for the display of his splendor.

They will rebuild the ancient ruins

and restore the places long devastated;

they will renew the ruined cities

that have been devastated for generations.

Ezekiel 28:17-19 (NIV) 

17 Your heart became proud

on account of your beauty,

and you corrupted your wisdom

because of your splendor.

So I threw you to the earth;

I made a spectacle of you before kings.

18 By your many sins and dishonest trade

you have desecrated your sanctuaries.

So I made a fire come out from you,

and it consumed you,

and I reduced you to ashes on the ground

in the sight of all who were watching.

19 All the nations who knew you

are appalled at you;

you have come to a horrible end

and will be no more.’”

James 1:10-12 (NIV)

10 But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.

12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

1 Peter 3:3-5 (NIV) 

3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves.

Thank You, O LORD!  For the beauty OF THE LORD!  I heard You tell me to get my beauty back; my self-pity and self-indulgence is neither attractive on me or to You.  O LORD!

May I:

Gaze upon YOUR Beauty, O LORD.

Honor You, O LORD, with my beauty

Your Word says You see it.

O LORD, that Your Word does not return void and accomplishes what You sent it to do

See Your beauty, God;

You shine forth

Your land stretches afar

Not lust after fleeting beauty

Receive Your crown of beauty instead of ashes

Not become proud or corrupted in my heart

Not be destroyed, but persevere under trial

Have an unfading beauty

of a gentle and quiet spirit,

which is of great worth in God’s sight.

Put my hope in you, O God

and be adorned

to Your honor and glory.

In Jesus name.  Amen

Do you see your beauty?

Do you see that God says you are beautiful in His sight?

Do you believe HIS WORD about your beauty?

Do  you want to get your beauty back?

Do you know see to get it back?  Or do you need a helping hand?