“Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us.” — Psalm 90:17
Men and women spend much time and money on making themselves attractive. The cosmetic and medical industry generates billions of dollars in the pursuit of the perfect face…the perfect body.
More important than outer beauty, however, is the inner beauty of life. This inner beauty of life is found in the person of our lovely Lord. His presence in our lives gives us this inner radiance. God desires that we be conformed to the image of His Son (Romans 8:29).
This beauty of Jesus Christ is something we can ask for. “Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon me.” The transformation takes place in the secret place of His presence. “Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary” (Psalm 96:6b). As we behold Him we are transformed into His beauty and loveliness.
In St. Peter’s Church, Cologne, hanging side by side, there are two pictures of the crucifixion of Peter. Early in the nineteenth century, when Napoleon ransacked the city, he took the original of the picture away. The artist painted another one to take its place. In time the original was restored and the two were then hung side by side. There is so little difference in them that one can hardly tell which the original is.
The Holy Spirit will do this in our lives. Christ, the Original, is absent, but the Holy Spirit will work in our lives conforming us to His likeness. Are we so nearly like the Original that people cannot see much difference?