"And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; yes, establish the work of our hands." (Ps. 90:17)
What is the Beauty of the Lord? I believe the Lord is the very essence of beauty. God is very Source of beauty. He is far more beautiful than the most beautiful thing you could imagine.
God has never made junk. Everything God created was made beautiful in His sight:
“...God saw everything that He made, and indeed it was very good...” (Gen. 1:31)
In fact, nothing un-beautiful can stand in His Presence. Moreover, the essence of the New Covenant is the very Truth that, “For He made Him Who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor. 5:21) Whereby our Beloved Kinsman Redeemer says to us, “You are all fair, my love, there is no spot in you.” (SS. 4:7)
In Christ, the Beauty of the Lord is upon us. In Christ, we have “...put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” (Eph. 4:24)
In case you did not hear the Lord right, God repeats Himself as He concludes this wonderful psalm of Moses. Therefore, it is nothing less than the Beauty of the Lord Who establishes “...the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands.” (Ps. 90:17)
Friends, it is His Beauty Who established the work of His hands. Three major things I glean from this revelation of Truth.
First, nothing that is not the Beauty of the Lord establishes the work of my hands. Therefore, if the circumstances I find myself in are not the Beauty of the Lord. Those circumstances will are not the establishment of my hands. Sickness does not establish the work of my hands. Lack does not establish the work of my hands. Strife and conflict does not establish the work of my hands.
Second, in a similar manner, nothing that is not the Beauty of the Lord establishes the work of the hands of my brothers and sisters in Christ. Therefore, if what I am communicating or doing to my brother and sister is not from the Beauty of the Lord then I am more likely operating in opposition to the Beauty of the Lord. It would be wise to consider my ways (Gen. 12:3; Acts 5:38-39; Ps. 105:15, 1 Chr. 16:22).
Third, instead of focusing on the problem and magnifying that which does not establish the work of my hands. It behooves me to “Keep (my) heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” (Prov. 4:23) “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.” (Mt, 6:22)
Therefore, it is my ambition to keep my focus on beholding the Beauty of the Lord; for only the Beauty of the Lord will establish the work of my hands for us. Instead of magnifying the ugliness of the problem I see the eternal value of magnifying His Beauty, Alone!
It does not matter how dark and hopeless your situation may seem. Beloved, “Let the Beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; Yes establish the work of our hands.” (Ps. 90:17)
“One thing I have desired of the Lord, that I will seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the Beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.” (Ps. 27:4)