“Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due unto His name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.” Psalm 29:1-2 (KJB)
For some folks they have a problem reconciling beauty and holiness. We probably have the idea of “Beauty” mostly wrong. Most of us marvel at the beauty of creation, all that God has made in the outdoors. I fear that some see more beauty in the things which Adamkind (mankind) has made. Some see beauty in city lights, and horizons of cities lit up in the night sky.
I see much more of beauty as I look at the stars above at night. The lights of cities I see as “Light pollution”, polluting the sky with man made conveniences. Now, please do not get me wrong; I do appreciate those conveniences just as much as others do.
What is beauty? There is an old saying which state, “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”. That is probably true with some things, but not God things. If God states that something is beautiful, then we need to see it as beautiful as well. The heart right with God will see holiness as something of great beauty.
It anything is holy to the LORD, then, it is beautiful as well.
With God human life is holy. The blood that flows through our veins and most living creatures, is sacred and holy to the LORD. The LORD has stated in the book of Leviticus 17:11…
“For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.”
For one individual to haphazardly take the life of another individual that is that beauty, neither is it glory to the LORD. It grieves His heart. That is why He authorized human government the right of corporal punishment, or the death penalty. My life is no more important that another life. To intentionally kill for one’s own personal gain, or pleasure is plainly murder, and deserves to die equally.
God created Adamkind in His likeness and after His image. That has been tainted, and ruined by our sin. It is restored through the redemptive work of Jesus God’s Son by His death on the cross. That is holiness in its beauty. The Holy dying for the unholy, that we might be made the righteousness of God through Him (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Beauty and Holiness in Christ Jesus.