Moses wrote in Psalm 90:17, And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.
May God season upon our lives and ministry with the beauty of the Lord! As was the emphasis of the psalm, “We are coming and going. Like the grass of the field, our lives are passing away,” but the Lord endures forever! Our work is in God’s hands, and Christ shall endure! There is then no hint of sourness or sad disposition in the life of this Christian, Moses. He recognized the privilege of serving our great God and that during our service, God may “smile upon us and through us.”
The Scripture says in Matthew chapter seventeen and verse two, And [Jesus] was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. Interestingly enough, on the Mount of Transfiguration Moses was there! He had come to know by experience this radiance of face when being in the presence of God Almighty.
The Bible says, And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him (Ex. 34:29). After those forty days in the mountain with God, the beauty of the LORD rested in fullness on the face of that great man. He had been with God and God was, as it were, shining forth from His face.
See that the idea is simple: IS THERE OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE ON YOUR FACE AND MINE THAT WE HAVE BEEN WITH JESUS? Does the beauty, not the duty, of the Lord rest upon us? Are we sweet in our service or sour in our surrender? Are we happy in the Lord or hapless in our attitude?
Acts chapter four records, Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
To conclude, the only Christians who remain in my heart today are those to whom was given a happy Christianity and the beauty of the Lord. May the Lord lead us into such “pure religion” this very day.