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Here are quotes from a book by Sam Storms entitled, “One Thing.”  The title of which comes from Psalm 27:4

One thing have I asked 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 gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to inquire in his temple. 
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“God’s revelatory manifestation of himself in creation, in providence, in Scripture, and pre-eminently in the face of his Son, Jesus Christ, is designed to evoke within the breathtaking delight and incomparable joy of which God alone is worthy.  Beauty is that in God which makes him eminently desirable and attractive and quickens in the soul a realization that it was made for a different world….

“We do not simply behold beauty: beauty takes hold of us and challenges the allegiance of our hearts.  Beauty calls us to reshape our lives and exposes the shabbiness of our conduct.  It awakens us to the reality of a transcendent Being to whose likeness of beauty we are being called and conformed by his gracious initiative.  Beauty has the power to dislodge from our hearts the grip of moral and spiritual ugliness.  The soul’s engagement with beauty elicits love and forges in us a new affection that no earthly power can overcome.

Beauty also rebukes by revealing to us the moral deformity of those things we’ve embraced above Jesus and by exposing the hideous reality beyond the deceptively attractive facade of worldly amusements.  We are deceived by the ugliness of sin because we haven’t gazed at the beauty of Christ.  Distortion and perversion and futility are fully seen only in the perfect light of integrity and harmony and purpose which are revealed in Jesus.”

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