Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 27, 2017

“You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord”

Today’s devotion comes from Song of Solomon 7:1-9.

“How beautiful are your feet in sandals,
O prince’s daughter!
The curves of your hips are like jewels,
The work of the hands of an artist.
2 “Your navel is like a round goblet
Which never lacks mixed wine;
Your belly is like a heap of wheat
Fenced about with lilies.
3 “Your two breasts are like two fawns,
Twins of a gazelle.
4 “Your neck is like a tower of ivory,
Your eyes like the pools in Heshbon
By the gate of Bath-rabbim;
Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon,
Which faces toward Damascus.
5 “Your head crowns you like Carmel,
And the flowing locks of your head are like purple threads;
The king is captivated by your tresses.
6 “How beautiful and how delightful you are,
My love, with all your charms!
7 “Your stature is like a palm tree,
And your breasts are like its clusters.
8 “I said, ‘I will climb the palm tree,
I will take hold of its fruit stalks.’
Oh, may your breasts be like clusters of the vine,
And the fragrance of your breath like apples,
9 And your mouth like the best wine!”

“It goes down smoothly for my beloved,
Flowing gently through the lips of those who fall asleep.”  Song of Solomon 7:1-9.

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Wow!

I have seen some amazing photos of animals and thought that God, their Creator, was just showing off His beautiful creativity.

But, this written description of Solomon’s bride is “over the top”.  It is breath-taking, dazzling, stunning and even more makes us think of her Creator.

“…  The curves of your hips are like jewels,
The work of the hands of an artist.”  Verse 1.

And yet, when God created woman, He did not refer to her beauty.  God simply referred to His intention to making her a helper suitable for the man.

“Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone;  I will make him a helper suitable for him.”  Genesis 2:18.

Likewise, when Proverbs chapter 31 refers to an excellent wife, it focuses on all the things that the excellent wife does to help her husband.

“10 An excellent wife, who can find?
For her worth is far above jewels.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
And he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.”  Proverbs 31:10-12.

Furthermore, in this same chapter describing the excellent wife, it minimizes the importance of beauty.

“30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her the product of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates.”  Proverbs 31:30-31.

What does all of this tell us about God?

God does not just do the minimum necessary to get the job done.  As we go back and consider the animals, we think that it was not necessary for God to give each animal such beauty.  God could have simply created the animal to function well in its environment.  God could have used similar colors and patterns.  But, God made each species of animal uniquely different in beauty.

If God has concern to make each species of animal uniquely different in beauty, how much more concern does God have for men and women!  Even though the qualities of fearing God and helpfulness are most important, God does show His lavish love for us by creating such beautiful women.

But, as we have stated many times, God’s love is only for His people a/k/a His elect a/k/a His church.  

Although there are certainly beautiful unbelievers, God is repelled by their beauty.

“The Lord of hosts has planned it, to defile the pride of all beauty,
To despise all the honored of the earth.”  Isaiah 23:9.

“But you trusted in your beauty and played the harlot because of your fame, and you poured out your harlotries on every passer-by who might be willing.”  Ezekiel 16:15.

In sharpest contrast, God’s people a/k/a His elect a/k/a His church are treasured like a crown of beauty in His hand.

“You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,
And a royal diadem in the hand of your God.”  Isaiah 62:3.

“16 And the Lord their God will save them in that day
As the flock of His people;
For they are as the stones of a crown,
Sparkling in His land.
17 For what comeliness and beauty will be theirs!
Grain will make the young men flourish, and new wine the virgins.”  Zechariah 9:16-17.

“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power;  for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”  Revelation 4:11.

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