April 17 – You Are Beautiful
For the next three weeks, we will be studying our identity through God’s eyes. We will be looking at scriptural truths describing how God sees us as His children. Let these truths penetrate your being, as if God is speaking these words looking right at you. Hang these truths on your mirror so that you will see yourself through His eyes more than through the world’s eyes. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it focused on today’s truth using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Comments are always welcome on our website for questions, discussion, and accountability.
For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil. A wedding song.
1 My heart is stirred by a noble theme
as I recite my verses for the king;
my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.
2 You are the most excellent of men
and your lips have been anointed with grace,
since God has blessed you forever.
3 Gird your sword on your side, you mighty one;
clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.
4 In your majesty ride forth victoriously
in the cause of truth, humility and justice;
let your right hand achieve awesome deeds.
5 Let your sharp arrows pierce the hearts of the king’s enemies;
let the nations fall beneath your feet.
6 Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever;
a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness;
therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
by anointing you with the oil of joy.
8 All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
from palaces adorned with ivory
the music of the strings makes you glad.
9 Daughters of kings are among your honored women;
at your right hand is the royal bride in gold of Ophir.
10 Listen, daughter, and pay careful attention:
Forget your people and your father’s house.
11 Let the king be enthralled by your beauty;
honor him, for he is your lord.
12 The city of Tyre will come with a gift,
people of wealth will seek your favor.
13 All glorious is the princess within her chamber;
her gown is interwoven with gold.
14 In embroidered garments she is led to the king;
her virgin companions follow her—
those brought to be with her.
15 Led in with joy and gladness,
they enter the palace of the king.
16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers;
you will make them princes throughout the land.
17 I will perpetuate your memory through all generations;
therefore the nations will praise you for ever and ever.
I Am Beautiful | Becky Newman
Upon first read, Psalm 45 seems distant to me, about kings and princesses and weddings. But after Jesus rose from the dead, he opened the minds of his disciples so they could understand the scripture (Luke 24:45), including opening the mind of the author of Hebrews who said that God is describing the Son (a.k.a. Jesus) in Psalm 45:6-7 (Hebrews 1:8-9). And now it’s me the Psalmist is talking about in Psalm 45:10-15. “Let” the King be enthralled by your beauty means I need to make a choice for Jesus to be on the throne of my heart. Though this Psalm describes outward physical beauty, it’s the beauty within that honors God that starts with the beautiful choice of believing in Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Only through belief in Jesus do I become a child of God and find my true identity in God’s eyes.
The more I let Jesus be in control of my life, the more beauty that shines. That beauty is what God intended from His creation. It’s not something I can increase by doing more good works or by trying harder. It is surrender and fully trusting my Lord in my “let”, just as surrendering to my husband honors him.
Thank You for making me a part of Your beautiful creation! Show me what I need to surrender to let You be enthralled by my beauty. I seek to honor You!
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