Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Psalms 50:1-2 -- On Becoming Shiny

"The mighty God, even the Lord, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined."
Psalms 50:1-2

I like that the Lord is calling the earth, and that Zion is the perfection of beauty.  I think the association here is that Earth, too, can be like that... and God shining is similar to the idea of us needing to be lights to the world, building Zion, until everything gets to that "perfect day" (D&C 50:24).  The fact that beauty is involved is awesome too.  Sometimes I think that we get wrapped up so much in life that we forget the beauty, or think that it doesn't matter.  But it does... the beauty of the earth around us, the beauty of thoughts and ideas, the beauty of God's plan for all of us.  I think beauty is tied in with hope a lot... we can stop in the middle of the worst situation in our lives, and look up, and be surprised by that beauty and that hope around us.  It is still there, and God is still there, both calling to us to let go of the bad and embrace the good.
I'm definitely not talking about romantic attractiveness, which is subjective and overhyped.  In the annals of beauty, it deserves a footnote, but only that.  Beauty is so much more.  I like that God tells us here that Zion is the perfection of beauty.  Not just physical beauty, which is what we usually think of first with the word, but every kind of beauty.  The proverbial pearl of great price, the treasure that you would throw everything else away for, knowing that everything else is lesser.  And Zion is that, God is that.  (Lust, perhaps needless to say, is not.)  Heaven is like that too.  Not boring. :)  I think that when we have a chance to see even a glimpse of it, we'll understand that it is the high goal worth dedicating all our lives to.  Today, let's work on being ready for that day, with God's help, so that we can be part of that beauty and that perfection, rather than having to admit that we're not prepared to live there, and to shine like that. :)

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