One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. Psalm 27:4 

Heavenly Father, it’s only through the Gospel of your grace that we know you to be a beautiful God. Until then, your loveliness is veiled to us by the darkness of our unbelief. Now, your splendor outshines the sun, your excellences stagger our imagination, and your beauty mesmerizes our hearts. And we’re only “0.7%” into the eternal journey of realizing these things.

Your beauty is revealed most stunningly and undeniably in Jesus—who is “the radiance of your glory and the exact representation of your being” (Heb. 1:3). By Jesus’ finished work, we see the magnificence of your mercies, the grandeur of your grace, and the endless wonders of your love.

We also see your beauty in your creation (Psalm 19:1). Open our physical and spiritual eyes wider, Father. Grant us jaw-dropping wonder as we encounter your fingerprints everywhere—in “rivers waiting to clap their hands,” and “mountains preparing to sing together for joy” (Ps. 98:8); and in your image-bearers of every color, culture, and community.

Oh, Father, we long for the Day when we will behold the unfettered, unfiltered, undiminished beauty of your face (Rev. 22:4). Until then, thank you for your commitment to make all things beautiful—including us (Eccl. 3:11). So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ tender and triumphant name.