Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off. ~Isaiah 33:17
I have been blessed to see many things of beauty. I think of the beautiful and lush island of Kauai. There are the Butchart Gardens on the island of Victoria. There is the majestic Sierra mountain landscape. There is the beauty of oceans, rivers, and lakes. I think of my wedding day as I watched my bride walk down the aisle in her beautiful wedding gown and veil. Something of beauty captivates our attention. It embeds an unforgettable image in our mind that we treasure. Isaiah speaks about God’s people personally seeing the King in His beauty. We shall see the King in His beauty.
There is the description.
The Apostle John in Revelation 1:13-15 provides us a powerful description of the King in His beauty. “And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.” From head to toe, we will see the King in His effulgence. We will see Him in the beauty of holiness. Holiness is not marred or corrupted by sin. The beauty of His holiness is so awesome that it is the centerpiece of our worship of Him (Isaiah 6:3).
There is the day.
First, there is the Day of Christ, when we will meet our Lord when He raptures every believer. It will be a day of reunion and rejoicing. The first Person we will see is Jesus. Second, we will see Him as He sits majestically on His throne in Heaven. His throne is a throne of grace for every believer. We will see Him as our Judge, our Lawgiver, and our King (Isaiah 33:22). We will rejoice because all of Heaven is filled with His judgment and righteousness. Third, we will see Him in His fullness as we return to earth with Him to defeat His enemies and establish His kingdom. We will see Him Whose name is Faithful and True. We will see Him Whose eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many crowns. We will see Him clothed in vesture dipped in blood. He is the King in His beauty.
There is the delight.
David had one desire in his life and that was to see the King in His beauty. "One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; 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 enquire in His temple" (Psalm 27:4). He thought of the glory of God upon the tabernacle. He thought about the devouring fire and everlasting burnings that powerfully represent the presence of the Lord. Paul called the anticipation of seeing our Lord “that blessed hope.” There is no satisfaction equal to seeing the King in His beauty.
There is the desire.
We can see the King in His beauty in His Word. It is the Word of Christ dwelling in us richly in all wisdom. Our meditation of Him is sweet and completely satisfying. We can see the King in His beauty when we come to Him for extended seasons of prayer. We see His beauty when a sinner repents of His sin and, by faith, receives the Lord Jesus as his Saviour. Draw near to Him, and He will draw near to you. This morning, see the King in His beauty!
Have a Christ-filled God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Isaiah 1-4