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MARY -LOVING GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART
TEN SECRETS FOR ETERNAL UNFADING BEAUTY


God is very interested in your beauty this morning. Did you check to see if you were beautiful before you
came? Beautiful to God is what I mean!
Listen to these verses:
1. B
EAUTY WAS REQUIRED IN THOSE WHO WERE REGULARS IN GODS PRESENCE! Exodus 28:2 “And you shall make
holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty. 40 For Aaron’s sons you shall make
tunics, and you shall make sashes for them. And you shall make hats for them, for glory and beauty.
(NKJV)
2. B
EAUTY WAS EXPECTED IN CORPORTATE (GROUP) WORSHIP! 1 Chronicles 16:29 Give to the LORD the glory
[due] His name; Bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of
holiness! (NKJV)
3. B
EAUTY WAS HOW GOD DESCRIBES THE PRAISE HE DESIRES! 2 Chronicles 20:21 And when he had consulted
with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty
of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the LORD, For His mercy
[endures] forever.” (NKJV)
4. B
EAUTY IS A MARK OF PLEASING PERSONAL WORSHIP TIMES! Psalm 27:4 One [thing] I have desired of the
LORD, That will I seek: 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 inquire in His temple. (NKJV)
5. B
EAUTY IS HOW GOD DESCRIBES THE HOLINESS HE DESIRES FOR US! Psalm 29:2 Give unto the LORD the glory
due to His name; Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. (NKJV) Psalm 96:9 Oh, worship the
LORD in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth. (NKJV)
6. G
OD IS BEAUTIFUL! Psalm 50:2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God will shine forth. (NKJV) Isaiah
33:17 Your eyes will see the King in His beauty; They will see the land that is very far off. (NKJV)
7. G
OD WANTS TO MAKE US BEAUTIFUL EVERYDAY! Psalm 90:17 And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon
us, And establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands. (NKJV)
Well, we are studying a beautiful woman in God’s sight. We need to emulate her! Her beauty marks are:
I. M
ARY LISTENED TO GOD. (Luke 1:26-28)

II.
III.
IV.
V.
VI.
MARY HUMBLED HERSELF BEFORE GOD SAID YES TO GODS GRACE. (Luke 1:29)
M
ARY SURRENDERED TO GODS WILL (Luke 1:31-33)
M
ARY EXPERIENCED GOD (Luke 1:34-37)
M
ARY SERVED GOD JOYFULLY (Luke 1:38-45)
M
ARY IMMERSED HERSELF IN THE SCRIPTURES. (Luke 1:46-55) She Sought God. Whatever the means
Mary SOUGHT GOD!

A. How did Mary cultivate godliness? She discovered the TEN SECRETS FOR ETERNAL BEAUTY! First
Mary would have applied herself to avoid the portrait of the Foolish Woman in Proverbs and
to emulate the godly woman’s portrait:

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1. MARY WAS BEAUTIFUL BECAUSE SHE HAD LEARNED TO AVOID BEING IMMODEST AND ALLURING IN
HER DRESS
. Proverbs 7:10 Then out came a woman to meet him, dressed like a
prostitute and with crafty intent. (NIV).
Her clothing points to her not to her Father in Heaven and His holiness.
Remember the words of Paul in the New Testament Gallery of beautiful
women? God emphasizes a beauty of the unseen character, the flesh flaunts
the body, God beautifies the spirit!
1 Timothy 2:9 I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and
propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, (NIV)
2. M
ARY WAS BEAUTIFUL BECAUSE SHE HAD LEARNED TO HATE AND AVOID SIN AND NEVER PLAY WITH
GODS MERCY. Proverbs 7:13-14 She took hold of him and kissed him and with a
brazen face she said: 14 “I have fellowship offerings at home; today I fulfilled my
vows. (NIV).
There is no fear of God, the future consequence or the present
destructiveness of her actions.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the
Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not
your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your
body. (NIV)
3. M
ARY WAS BEAUTIFUL BECAUSE SHE HAD LEARNED TO AVOID BEING DECEITFUL AND MANIPULATIVE IN
HER GOALS
. Proverbs 7:21-23 With her enticing speech she caused him to yield, With
her flattering lips she seduced him. 22 Immediately he went after her, as an ox goes
to the slaughter, Or as a fool to the correction of the stocks, 23 Till an arrow struck
his liver. As a bird hastens to the snare, He did not know it [would cost] his life.
(NKJV)
An ugly woman is self driven and wants her way. A beautiful woman wears
heavenly beauty Psalm 90:17 And let the beauty of the LORD our God be
upon us, And establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work
of our hands. (NKJV)
1 Peter 3:4 Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty
of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. (NIV)
4. M
ARY WAS BEAUTIFUL BECAUSE SHE HAD LEARNED TO AVOID BEING LOUD AND ASSERTIVE IN HER
COMMUNICATION
. Proverbs 9:13 The woman Folly is loud; she is undisciplined and
without knowledge. (NIV) Proverbs 7:11 (She is loud and defiant, her feet never stay
at home; (NIV)
This includes disrespect, hostility, aggressiveness and cunningness. All in all
bad news.
James 3:17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure;
then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit,
impartial and sincere. (NIV)
5. M
ARY WAS BEAUTIFUL BECAUSE SHE HAD LEARNED TO AVOID BEING A FIGHTER, QUARRELING TO GET
HER WAY
. Proverbs 20:3 [It is] honorable for a man to stop striving, Since any fool
can start a quarrel. (NKJV)
Selfish ambition is that way of life that isn’t from God. It is as James said,
earthly sensual and devilish.
2 Timothy 2:24 And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be
kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. (NIV)
MARY WAS BEAUTIFUL BECAUSE SHE HAD LEARNED TO AVOID BEING THESE UNGODLY IN
THESE AREAS
. Moms and dads, what are you raising? A wise woman or a
foolish one? Bring your daughters up to the X-Rays of God’s Word and see
what He finds.
(1) Is she loud, assertive, boisterous, whiney or the center of attention?
Or is she quiet, submissive, gentle and humble?
(2) Does she dress in a way that draws a young man to think about her
body and its enticements or her spirit and its beauty?
(3) Does she have a holy hatred of sin or does she have a desire to watch
sinners [TV and Movies] as they live out their fleshly fantasies?

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(4) Does she use all her powers to get her own way? Does she manipulate
by tears, looks and whatever it takes to accomplish her ends?
(5) Is she argumentative, easily quarreling and fighting with you or her
brothers and sisters? Or is she peaceable, gentle and easily intreated?
(6) If these symptoms are present in any degree or amount the prognosis
for the future bleak. One gifted expositor in writing about these verses
said, “ …we may say with a surgeon’s frankness, her home will be like
Scarlett’s – troubled, torn down, and literally Gone with the Wind.
6. M
ARY WAS BEAUTIFUL BECAUSE SHE HAD LEARNED TO LOVE BEING A HOMEMAKER Proverbs 31:13
She seeks wool and flax, And willingly works with her hands. (NKJV) As Paul said,
she is a worker at home in Titus 2:5. She loves to tangibly serve others with food
and skills, she has a home that is open and hospitable, she is given to ministry to
the sick and needy and less fortunate.
7. M
ARY WAS BEAUTIFUL BECAUSE SHE LEARNED TO SERVE OTHERS! Proverbs 31:15, 20 She also
rises while it is yet night, And provides food for her household, And a portion for her
maidservants. 20 She extends her hand to the poor, Yes, she reaches out her hands
to the needy. (NKJV) She has learned the love of Christ for others.
8. M
ARY WAS BEAUTIFUL BECAUSE SHE LEARNED PRUDENCE IN FINANCIAL MATTERS. Proverbs
31:16, 24 She considers a field and buys it; From her profits she plants a vineyard.
24 She makes linen garments and sells [them,] And supplies sashes for the
merchants. (NKJV) She is a saver not a spender. She can see beyond today alone.
9. M
ARY WAS BEAUTIFUL BECAUSE SHE HAD LEARNED THE GREAT VALUE OF HARD WORK. Proverbs
31:17,19 She girds herself with strength, And strengthens her arms. 19 She
stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hand holds the spindle. (NKJV) God
puts a premium on hard work and so she moves toward it not away. There is no
slothfulness, indolence or lack of motivation.
10. M
ARY WAS BEAUTIFUL BECAUSE SHE HAD LEARNED HOW TO INTERNALIZE BIBLICAL WISDOM
Proverbs 31:26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue [is] the law of
kindness. (NKJV). The Word is in her heart and life and so it comes out of her
mouth. And when it does it is dressed in the clothes of the Spirit, gentle and kind.
11. M
ARY WAS BEAUTIFUL BECAUSE SHE HAD LEARNED THESE SECRETS OF GODLY WOMANHOOD. Is
there any comparison. This kind of woman and daughter is a blessing to all. A
Builder of the home and family. And, as Solomon said Proverbs 31:25,28 Strength
and honor [are] her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come. 28 Her children rise
up and call her blessed; Her husband [also,] and he praises her: (NKJV) the future
smiles at her and her children bless her. This is our goal as parents.
VII. M
ARY NEVER STOPPED GROWING SPIRITUALLY. She was Sensitive to God. (Luke 2:19) But Mary treasured
up all these things and pondered them in her heart. (NIV). Where did Luke get all this material he
recorded in his two volume work on the first century event that changed everything? Yes, some of
it came right out of the air from heaven. The Holy Spirit just told him what do say (inspiration). But
the rest came from hard work, interviewing the witnesses. Yes, every word of God’s Word is
inspired (inerrant, infallible, pure and divine) but each one came from somewhere. I think these
words were from Mary after a long time of pondering (lit. ‘to put together’) all that God had done.
1. M
ARY LISTENED TO GOD.
2. M
ARY HUMBLED HERSELF BEFORE GOD SAID YES TO GODS GRACE.
3. M
ARY SURRENDERED TO GODS WILL
4. MARY EXPERIENCED GOD
5. MARY SERVED GOD JOYFULLY
6. MARY IMMERSED HERSELF IN THE SCRIPTURES.
7. M
ARY NEVER STOPPED GROWING SPIRITUALLY
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GROWING DADS #5
Are you beautiful this morning? Have you been thinking about whether or not you’re
beautiful coming into God’s presence? America thinks a lot about beauty. We spend an
awful lot of billions of dollars on beauty treatments, cosmetics, finery.
I have a friend that started a high fashion jewelry company ten years ago and they’re
doing in the hundreds of millions of dollars every year. And it was just a side business
and now it’s just sweeping the country.
Beauty is important to us. But more than that, beauty is important to God. And God
says, especially as He’s invited us to a banquet, a celebration, His table, He says, I want
you to come and I want you to come before me and I want you to be beautiful. You say,
what do you mean by that? Well, let me show you as I introduce the secrets of unfading
beauty.
If you want to turn and follow with me, I’m going to start in Exodus 28:2. Now we’re
headed to Luke one, to Mary. And we’re looking at Mary, one of the most beautiful
women in the world because God picked her to be the mother of the Lord Jesus Christ.
But before we get to Mary and see the secrets of unfading beauty in her life, let’s look at
what God means by being beautiful. Exodus, that’s Genesis, Exodus, second book of the
Bible, chapter 28, verse two and 40. Because 1) listen, beauty was required in those
who were regularly in God’s presence. Now in the Old Testament we have an interesting
study. In the Old Testament before the new covenant, before the cross, before Christ,
God had a select group of people representing the common people coming into His
presence. They were called priests. There were normal priests, there were high priests.
There were levitical workers working with the priests. Those people represented the
common people before God. Now we don’t have that anymore, and any church that
maintains that you can’t come directly to God you have to have a priest, is following the
old covenant and they’ve forgotten what the cross did.
But, it’s interesting to study how the old covenant operated. If you look at 28:2 it says,
and you shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, this is God talking to Moses,
for glory and for what? Beauty. The authorized version says splendor. Others say, but
the idea is something beautiful. Aaron the high priest who was continually in God’s
presence was to be beautiful. Look at verse 40 of the same chapter. For Aaron’s sons
you shall make tunics, you shall make sashes for them, you shall make hats for them.
And it tells all about them. What? For glory and for beauty. Now listen, beauty was a
requirement for people who regularly came into God’s presence.
Now think for just a minute, this morning are you wearing the most beautiful clothes
that you could wear to God? What was beautiful to Him?

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Well, we covered this many months ago in another setting. But what the absolute
perfection of the beauty, was these were white garments and they were extremely
modest. Now, they were never to wear immodest clothes, but to work in, they wore
regular clothes. But when they came into God’s presence, these priests wore extremely
beautiful but extremely modest clothing. You say, you mean there’s modest and
immodest clothing for men? Yes, for anybody. And in God’s presence, those who
regularly came into his presence, those who were regulars had to be wearing the most
beautiful and the most modest clothing.
Now when you came in this morning, is that what you planned on wearing? Did you
plan on wearing absolutely the most beautiful and the most modest thing you could
wear because you were coming into God’s presence? Did you think about this is one of
the highlights of the week? I mean, more than the tea party in the rose garden at the
White House, more than going to the Governor’s Mansion, more than being invited to
the Fortune 500 retreat up somewhere in Utah in the mountains. Have you thought that
what you wore here this morning is utterly important to God? And God says those who
regularly come before me should come into my presence beautiful.
Keep going to 1 Chronicles. Now that’s Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy,
Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, 1and 2 Chronicles. There it is.
And 1 Chronicles 16:29 is the second aspect. Because first of all, we saw in Exodus
beauty was required in those who were regularly in God’s presence. Secondly, beauty
was expected in corporate or group worship. First Chronicles 16:29, “Give to the Lord
the glory due His name. Bring an offering, come before Him.” Oh, worship the Lord,
what? In the beauty of holiness. Beauty was expected in corporate worship. All of us
coming beautifully arrayed are to offer beautiful praise to God.
Now, I meet people. They say, well, I don’t sing. Or other people say, you know, I
don’t, I just come to listen. I don’t participate at all. Well, what God wants is this:
beauty is expected from each of us in corporate worship.
How do we do it? Verse 29 starts, give the Lord glory due His name. I mean, in your
heart and from your inner being, just say, God you’re worthy of glory. What does glory
mean? It means focus, it means admiration, it means kind of an overwhelming sense of
who God is. You give that to God. Secondly, it says, bring an offering.
I mean, it was wonderful the coin offering this morning. I mean, anybody can bring an
offering. You can press a penny or a nickel into your childrens’ hands so that they can
bring an offering to God, and what a joy to let them give that to God. God doesn’t
measure offerings by the amount or by the denomination. He measures it by the cost to
us. And we should bring an offering to God, and we should come before Him.
And that starts in our family, it starts on Saturday night. I mean, we focus everything,
our Bible story, the bathtime, the getting the clothes up, we’re saying, we have a big
meeting tomorrow. It’s the most important one of the whole week. That’s how we start
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singular focus. Why? Because we’re coming before Him and we worship Him with that
preparation as a group in the beauty of holiness.
Now look at 2 Chronicles. That’s the next book over, chapter 20. Because in Exodus 28
we saw beauty was required for those who were regulars in God’s presence. Secondly,
we saw in the last passage, beauty was expected in corporate or group worship.
Thirdly, beauty was how God described the praise that He desires. Second Chronicles
20 in verse 21. And when he consulted, this was in a battle scene and the king was
inviting God to help them win, and when he consulted with the people, he appointed
those who should sing to the Lord and who should praise the beauty of holiness, and
they went out before the army and were saying, praise the Lord for His mercy endures
forever. Now what does God expect in our offering of praises to Him? Well, beauty is
how God describes the praise He desires. And what was it? Well, you notice, what’s at
the end of verse 21? They’re quoting scriptures. They’re quoting from the Psalms.
They’re quoting God’s word. God loves to hear his word. He loves to hear God’s people
saying His word corporately. And if you know anything about this situation, the army is
behind this group of worshipers, and they’re going out to face an immense host and
these people don’t have any armaments. They don’t have any shields or spears. They
just go out quoting scripture. What a picture of how to be triumphant in the Christian
life. And God says beauty is how I describe praise that I desire. And that praise that I
desire involves people that sing and people that praise Him and people that are speaking
His word. What a wonderful thing! That’s why we memorize, that’s why we bring our
Bibles with us. That’s why we underline and mark up our Bibles. We find good
sections… This morning I found another good section in my Bible. Another one that I
hardly remember finding before, and we underline and mark them, we have ‘em on our
heart, and we speak ‘em back to God. Beauty is how God describes the praise that He
desires.
Now, turn to Psalm 27, Psalm 27, please with me. Again the book of Psalm is a whole
theology of worship and it’s a good book to get to know. I know that it’s very dear to
most believers’ hearts. But Psalm 27 verse four is the fourth aspect of this beauty that
God wants from us and the fourth aspect is this. Psalm 27:4, beauty is a mark of
pleasing, personal worship times. Now, what do I mean by that? I mean if your
personal worship times to the Lord are pleasing to Him, they will be marked by beauty.
Do I mean a little perfume or a little extra… No, no. I’m talking about our heart’s
attitude toward God. Listen as I read Psalms 27:4. “One thing I have desired of the
Lord, that will I seek 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 inquire in His temple.” Oh, what… Now that’s
worthy of a whole morning spent on that verse. Did you catch that? One thing that I
desire…
Do you know what characterizes true, personal worship? It’s not… Oh, come on, I’ve got
to get my time of reading and praying, got to get it over with. I’ve got so much
business, you know, to do. I’ve got to read the paper, I’ve got to watch the news. I
don’t want to miss the weather, you know. Come on, God. I’ve got to get my chapter
read, you know. Oh, there’s nothing that will be beautiful then. It’s a singular, heart
focus. One thing I have desired of the Lord.

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You know the Lord knows when we come into His presence whether we’re really seeking
Him or not. And he says, why don’t you rend??? your hearts instead of your garments?
Don’t do the outward show, He says, do something on the inside. And just say, God, I
have five minutes this morning. I have ten, I have an hour, I have 15 minutes, but
you’ve got all of them. You’ve got all of me. You’ve got my entire focus. God, I lay
aside everything else and I’m going to focus on you. And once you get into that heart
attitude, that I will seek that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
Now, there was no temple at this time. There’s just a tent and David isn’t talking about
hanging around the temple all the time. He’s talking by this house of the Lord deal.
He’s talking about he wanted to be in God’s presence and he equated that with the
tabernacle.
You know, this is not the house of the Lord. This could be a basketball court throughout
the week. I mean, they could do anything in here they want. It’s only sanctified and
hallowed when we get here. And you know what? One of us alone constitutes an
assembly of worship before the infinite God. So what you want to desire is not to be a
church all the days of your life, in this building, but to be focusing on the Lord.
Look at the next phrase, “to behold the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple.”
And to inquire in His temple, the temple of God, we are, ‘cause the spirit of God lives
within us, and there’s a temple in heaven. And for a while there was a little temple on
earth. And there’s another one coming in the future, but what He’s talking about is
being caught up and communing with God in His presence. And beauty is a mark of
pleasing, personal worship times.
And you can do this as I have. I mean, I’ve worshipped the Lord waiting in airports and
waiting in bus stations, waiting in train stations, riding on boats, riding in planes. I’ve
worshipped the Lord driving in my car. I’ve worshipped the Lord at rest areas. I’ve
worshipped Him often at the kitchen table early in the morning, late at night. I mean,
you can worship the Lord anywhere. All it takes is tuning everything else out by
conscious choice and tuning only Him in. Can’t have the split screen TV. You know
nowadays you can watch more than one show at once. God says I don’t like that. One
show, me, He says. Focus on me. And beauty is a mark of pleasing worship, because
when we have that focus, we behold His beauty.
Keep turning to Psalm 29, just two psalms over. ‘Cause fifthly, beauty is how God
describes the holiness he desires for us. He wants us to be beautiful in His holiness.
“Give to the Lord,” verse two of 29, “give to the Lord the glory due His name. Worship
the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” What’s the best way we can come dressed before
God this morning? Not with some expensive clothing, but to wear the most priceless
clothing, His holiness, be arrayed in God’s holiness.
The last verse of 1 Corinthians says this, it says, but put you on the Lord Jesus Christ of
God as Christ ??? unto us wisdom and knowledge and sanctification and redemption put
Him on.

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Romans 13:14, put you on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh.
Wear Jesus Christ. You want to know what the best thing is to wear? Put on Jesus
Christ and then look in the mirror and say, would Jesus wear what I’m wearing?
Because I’m wearing Christ. Am I the most beautiful and the most modest and the most
holy I could possibly be coming into His presence? Now, corporately, we only do this a
few times, but personally is what we do every time we come into worship.
Another verse, Psalm 96, if you want to turn over about 67 chapters. Psalm 96 in verse
nine. Same thing repeated. “Oh worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. Tremble
before Him all the earth.” Holiness is acknowledging His utter sinlessness, His utter
separation from all that is fleshly and all that is tainted and all that is touched with
corruption. And when you see Him in the perfections of His holiness, it makes us
tremble because He is so awesome. Remember, He is the consuming fire? And He is so
powerful. And God is so utterly unlike us, and yet He’s revealed Himself to us. Well,
beauty is how God describes the holiness He desires for us. He wants us to give Him the
glory due His name by worshipping the beauty of His holiness. And as that verse we
see, we need to worship the Lord clothed in the beauty of holiness.
Just for a minute, back to Psalm 50 in verse two, Psalm 50 verse two. Because the sixth
aspect this morning of God’s beauty treatment He wants us to be involved in is that He
is beautiful. I mean, have you ever thought of God as beautiful? He says, I want you to
think of me as beautiful. Psalm 50 in verse two, “Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
God shines forth.” He says, I’m the perfection of beauty.
Now, I hear people all the time, they say, oh, wow! She’s beautiful. Or, oh, what a
beautiful car! Well, you know what God says? You think that’s beautiful? I’m the
perfection of beauty. He says, I am the ultimate. I am the most beautiful. You know,
most of us know more about beautiful cars and beautiful other things than we know
about beautiful God. And God says, I want you to linger in my presence, Psalm 50 in
verse two, “Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.”
Now, don’t turn there ‘cause you can start turning to Psalm 90, okay? Let me read
Isaiah 33:17 to you. Okay? While you’re turning to Psalm 90, the last verse, let me
read to you Isaiah 33:17. Because this is what God promises to you and me every day
when we get into His word. “Your eyes will see the King in His beauty. They’ll see the
land that’s far off.” That’s a great verse. You ought to have that one underlined. When
you and I get alone with God and this book, we get to see the King in His beauty and
through this book, we see that land that’s far off. His presence, heaven, the glory of
eternity with Him, we see that through this book.
You know, I meet people they have a real struggle. They say, I don’t get anything out
of this. Well, I think they have their eyes closed, because I have never opened the
pages of this book that I didn’t see some facet of the King and His beauty. Now,
sometimes I had to fight off sleep, sometimes I had to fight off anxiety, sometimes I had
to fight off distraction, and a million things on my mind. But as soon as you tune out all
the other screens and just look at one channel, God, you can start… I mean, it reminds
me of some of these files that come in are so big that it takes them a while to come in
on the screen, you know? They just kind of slowly come on, on the computer. And they

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just slowly fill the screen. Now that’s how I feel sometimes. You know I don’t see God
in His beauty right away. Sometimes, you know, I have to get my mind focused. But all
of a sudden, you start seeing Him in His word, and then when you see the King in His
beauty, you see the land that’s far off and we’re going to be with Him forever. No more
sickness, no more sadness, no more sleeping, no more night, no more separation, no
more tears. But we see the King in His beauty ‘cause God’s beautiful. And that’s how
He describes Himself.
But now, the last verse of Psalm 90, and then we’re going to conclude our study of Mary.
But I wanted you to see this last verse of Psalm 90. And let me give you a running
start. 1) Beauty was required of those who were regularly in God’s presence.
Remember the priests? Secondly, beauty was expected in corporate worship. They
were to be focusing on God’s beauty. Thirdly, beauty is how God describes praise that
we’re to offer Him. Fourthly, beauty is a mark of personal worship times that please
God. Fifthly, beauty is how God describes holiness that we’re supposed to wear.
Sixthly, God is beautiful. Now, here’s the last point. Psalm 90 in verse 17. God wants
to make us beautiful today. Did you know that? Have you stopped for your beauty
treatment?
We were on our way to meet a group of people at a Don Crane luncheon, and our family
was getting ready. And I said, honey,what can I do? And she handed me a washcloth
and said, wipe so and so’s face, you know? Chocolate, you know? It gets everywhere
except in their mouth, and this one little tyke loves chocolate and it was all over. And so
I said, Jeremiah, look at Daddy. And that little moonbeam face went just like this,
covered with chocolate. I said, hold still, honey. I took the washcloth and I started and
I just, I said, wow, who is that under there? Who is that, Harry the dirty dog? I said,
it’s you. And he smiled real big. All the chocolate was gone. Did you know I couldn’t
have done that if he hadn’t done what Psalms 90 in verse 17 says? Look at this, let the
beauty of the Lord our God be upon us. Literally, hold still, stop, wait, let me do this.
Look up at me, turn your little face up to me, God says. Let me take the washcloth of
the word, let me take the sanctifying power of the blood of Jesus Christ, who through
the eternal spirit offered Himself without spot to God, let me purge you so that you can
be beautiful. God wants to make us beautiful today.
We’re coming before His table. Have you turned your face up to Him? You said, I’ve got
the chocolate of sin, God. I’ve got the chocolate of neglect, God. I’ve got the stains of
not being everything I want to be for you, but God, there’s nothing I can do to make you
love me any more or any less. But I know that this is distracting. Will you please wash
me? Will you get me ready to come into your presence so I can be beautiful? That’s
what God wants from us. How does that look in a human body? Just listen.
This is how it looked in Mary. Mary was beautiful because she listened to God, we saw
over the last three weeks. She humbled herself before God. She surrendered to His
will. She learned to experience Him. That’s what we’ve been talking about this
morning. She saw His beauty in His word. She served God joyfully. You know when
you experience God, you can do anything for Him with joy. Something wonderful about
that. She immersed herself in the scriptures. And finally, she kept on growing to the
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God’s, His holiness, they’re immersed in the word, they’re serving God joyfully, they’re
experiencing God every day, they’re surrendered to his will, they’re humble and they’re
listening to Him and they never stop. They do that for the rest of their life.
You know, I don’t ever plan on retiring. I want to serve God my whole life. I don’t want
to stop serving God, retire. I hope that you see that your primary calling is worshipping
God. You never retire from that. You never retire from seeking and serving Him
joyfully. Now, your source of income might change, lessen, but your purpose in life
doesn’t.
This morning as we come to the Lord’s table, do you want to be beautiful? God wants
you beautiful. He wants me beautiful. We’re going to pause right now and at the prayer
time we have before communion, what it’s to do is, in your heart, and you can even put
your face up if you want, some people it helps them to actually do it, just say God,
would you wash me? Would you wash me? Would you clean me up so that I can be
beautiful in your sight? Would you clothe me with Jesus Christ? Would you let the
beauty of the Lord my God be upon me? And when I sing those choruses in just a
moment, I want them to be beautiful to you. It doesn’t matter your vocal quality.
That’s why everyone can sing those choruses even if you’re like, one of my children has
perfect no pitch. And all they do is they just say the words. Jesus loves me this I know.
The Bible tells me so. But do you know what? That’s beautiful to God. And they’re
unashamed because they’re singing for God. I hope that you will participate, if you’re
born again, that you’ll participate in worshipping God at this Lord’s table this morning. I
hope that you’ll start by letting God wash your face but you’ll continue by letting him fill
your words from your voice with beautiful praise to Him. Let’s bow before the Lord as
we prepare for the Lord’s table this morning.
Oh, Savior, may the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us. We all have failed you, we
all have sinned this week. We all have sought you with all of our heart now and then,
but this morning, corporately, we want to together worship you. We want to, through
this celebration feast, to scribe to the Lord the glory due your name. We pray that you
will inhabit our praises, and as we prepare our hearts before you in the next few
moments, as we lift our faces toward you, as we ask you to cleanse us and to impress
deeply the beauty, the image of our Lord Jesus upon us, may it transform this
communion into the most powerful offering of worship that we’ve ever given to you. For
Christ’s sake. And with heads whichever way bowed or looking up, worship the Lord.
Be cleansed as the men come and prepare the table as we’re going to celebrate in just a
few moments. Wash us, oh Savior, wash us of pride this morning. Wash us of selfsufficiency, trying to live the Christian life in our own strength. Wash us of loving
anything more than you. Wash us of letting our jobs and our preoccupations and
occupations kind of squeeze you out. We make choices everyday. Wash us of making
choices that excluded and left you out. Wash us of not preparing for this morning. If
we stayed up too late last night, if we did too much that we we’re tired, we’re distracted,
we’re not beautiful coming into your presence, but you want to make us that way, as we
let the beauty of the Lord our God rest upon us. It’s a conscious choice. Right now, we
together are making that choice and with your word we want to give to you the glory
that’s due your name. And as your word says, we want to worship you in the beauty of
holiness. And we from our hearts want to say the one thing we desire from you, oh

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Lord, and we’re going to seek that today and the days ahead. We want to dwell in your
presence all of our days, not let any day go by without being in your presence. Lord, we
want to behold your beauty. We want to inquire in your presence. We want to praise
you because of your mercy. We want to praise you this morning in the beauty of
holiness. We want to, oh Lord, to worship you in the beauty of holiness. We want to
tremble before you. God, you’re beautiful. You’re the perfection of beauty. We want
you to cleanse us of anything we think is more beautiful than you are. It’s so easy but
you are able, right now, you are willing. This very moment, cleansing and absolute
beauty is available to each of us. We take it, oh Lord, by faith we embrace and pause
before you to let your beauty be upon us. Establish the work of our hearts this morning.
May the elements that we hold, may the bread be as though we were sitting at that
table with you and that your hand handed that bread to us. May we in wonder look at
you thinking of the sacrifice that you accomplished in our place and the cup to follow.
May we with eyes riveted upon the cross think of how your blood freely flowed for our
cleansing. Make this a true, beautiful worship experience. We thank you for the bread.
Bless us as we remember what you did and what you’re doing for us. In your precious
name we pray, Lord Jesus, Amen.
As the men pass the bread among you, we’re going to sing about the wonder of what
Christ did. A lot of times we don’t think about the fact that we’re all here this morning,
diverse though we are, because we are one because of what Christ did. And the people
you’re sitting next to, if they are truly, if they have truly had a born again experience,
you share an eternal family bond with them. Let’s sing about that as we sing We are
One in the Bond of Love.
And in our oneness, we are adoring all the members of the infinite triune God. And I
hope that as much as you would say to a loved one at a special moment in their life, I
love you, or to a child, I just admire, I love you, I see what wonderful things God’s doing
in your life, use that heartfelt expression as we sing to God, Father I Adore You.
Well, the bread that you hold in your hand this morning is just a continuation of
something great that our Lord Jesus Christ Himself began. He began it actually earlier
than we think because He was the angel of the Lord that went before the Jews and
began that first Passover celebration which was ??? to Him all those years. He was the
Passover lamb like at our ??? a few months ago. We celebrated Jesus Christ, our
Passover. But he took the Passover and as He held the bread that night, He said, this
bread is a picture of me. It’s without leaven, which is a picture of my sinlessness. It’s
individually broken from one loaf to remind you that you are all from one family. And
it’s something you personally partake of to remind you that you must individually
receive me for life everlasting. And He said, I want you to regularly partake of this to
remember that apart from me, you can’t do anything. And so on that night after
instructing them, our Lord Jesus Christ broke the bread, gave it to the disciples and said,
take, eat, this is my body. Let’s do that together this morning.
We worship you, oh mighty God. There is none like you. Oh Lord, you’re beautiful.
Your face is all we seek. And we pray that this morning in a very real way we will let the
beauty of you, oh Lord our God, be upon us. Thank you for the cup which we
commemorate the ??? the five bleeding wounds Christ bore that strongly plead for us.

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Thank you for your blood poured out for your life given. For the life of the flesh is in the
blood. And you have given it to us through the eternal spirit to purge our conscience
from those works, those sins, those deeds, those commissions and omissions and
blatant sins that we commit to cleanse and fill us and to let us come in with confidence
in your presence. Thank you that through your blood we can all be equally pure,
cleansed and holy before your presence. We can be beautiful. We don’t have to wait ten
years, five years, we don’t have to do penance. Just by faith, right now, by opening our
hearts, we can let your beauty, your perfection be upon us. We worship you , we thank
you for the cup. Bless us as we continue to commune with you for Christ’s sake, Amen.
As the men pass the cup among you, we’re going to sing about how God did all of this.
It’s because of His amazing grace that saved a wretch like we were, but now we’re
beautiful in his sight. Let’s sing that to the Lord this morning.
You know I can’t help but sing those songs thinking about the ones that wrote ‘em. And
it’s amazing that John Newton, his wife died of bone cancer, and he really went through
it with her. He couldn’t believe God could do that until he was aware of God’s amazing
grace. One last song that we’ll sing just before we partake. Oh how He loves you and
me. Oh how He loves you and me. He gave His life. That’s what we’re celebrating this
morning. Let’s sing that to the Lord this morning.
And that’s what we’re celebrating with this cup. This is the spilled expression of his
love. A cup that reminds us He gave his life’s blood to be the covering, the erasure, the
payment permanent of our sin. God doesn’t hold ‘em anymore. You’re never going to be
condemned for your sins. I’m not either. What a liberating thought, but what a
sobering thought, too. We don’t want to sin willfully because Jesus Christ paid such a
high price for our sin. We don’t want to trod underfoot His blood. That’s why we’re
regularly supposed to hold this cup and remember Him. The scriptures tell us that on
that night, Jesus took a cup and gave thanks and gave it to them and said, for this is my
blood of the covenant which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. Drink
from it, all of you. Let’s do that together this morning.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for dying in my place in our place and for making us beautiful.
Help us to try to keep before us at all times your desire that we come into your presence
beautifully arrayed in holiness, that we sing to you beautifully, that we speak and share
your word in a beautiful way, and that we pause before you regularly to let you impress
into our image the beauty of Christ. Help us to linger, if we haven’t yet today, sometime
today, before the mirror of your word and ask you to let your beauty be upon us. Thank
you for Jesus’ sake, Amen.

 
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