Wow! Last night I went back and re-read the first chapter of a book called, Altogether Lovely … and I found that God had helped me pick the same verses for this page that the author used in his first chapter … God is truly awesome! The book is about the loveliness of the Lord Jesus Christ, how wonderful and truly awesome He is … He is a faithful High Priest for us to bring us near to God the Father … He is a truthful Prophet clearly declaring God’s word … He is a majestic King ruling His Father’s kingdom … He is a mighty Warrior vanquishing all His evil foes. He is the great “I AM” who spoke with Moses in the burning bush … He is the Almighty God who took on flesh to become our Savior.
The psalmist, King David, says in Psalm 27, “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.”
In Psalm 16, David says, “O LORD, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; yes, I have a good inheritance … You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Heaven will be a wonderful place, because Jesus and His Father are there.
Asaph says in Psalm 73, “Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever … it is good for me to draw near to God …”
“My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King … You are fairer than the sons of men; grace is poured upon Your lips; therefore God has blessed You forever.” Psalm 45:1-2 “O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory.” Psalm 63:1-2 “How lovely is Your tabernacle, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh cry out for the living God.” Ps. 84
Altogether Lovely, Jonathan Edwards, Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1997.