"The beauty of holiness"

The pontoon boat glided slowly through the water as dusk began to settle on the lake. The light from the setting sun dilated, crept back from the surrounding hills, and flickered upon the water's surface. The human scene offers many such examples of beauty. All of us have our own favorites. But these views only hint at a deeper beauty; the Psalmist recognized this when he wrote, "Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness" (Ps. 29:2).

The beauty of holiness is not a matter of slimness, age, the color of one's skin, the latest fashion, or even an attractive personality. The beauty of holiness is found in an understanding of God, in yielding to His will and expressing His qualities in our daily lives. One might well ask himself, as he prepares to leave home and checks his appearance, not "How do I look?" but rather "How holy am I?"

God's eternal child
March 13, 1995

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