Graceful mama, do you ever feel less than beautiful? What makes you beautiful anyway?
From Mount Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines in glorious radiance. – Psalm 50:2
Mount Zion in the day this verse was written was a place where worship and praise was offered to God twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The tabernacle of David was set up there, and all day long every day skilled musicians and singers would sing glorious songs to the Lord. His presence was thick in that place!
God says that Mount Zion, this place of constant worship and communion (i.e. hanging out with God), is the perfection of beauty. There is nothing more beautiful than a heart that lives this life in communion with the eternal God. That is true beauty. And that is what Jesus died to pay for.
Whether you realize it or not, you have constant access to His heart. And He is constantly singing His songs of love into yours.
You see, when Jesus died on the cross, anything that could have separated you from Him and His presence was annihilated. Destroyed. You are worthy to be with Him. Yes, YOU are worthy. Not because you always perform perfectly, but because He gave His perfect life on the cross for YOU.
You, beautiful friend, are a modern day Mount Zion. In you, Jesus has created a perfect atmosphere of worship and communion. It’s you and God. Besties forever.
You have access to His heart at all times. We grow in this reality as we live and learn and walk with Him.
There may be days when you don’t feel like He’s there. There may be days when you haven’t acknowledged Him or spoken a word to Him. But then… You remember Him.
What you do next could take two possible paths, and I’d like to go ahead and show you the right one to choose. The one Jesus paid for.
Path #1 is the path of religion (the law). It’s voice might sound something like: “You are not spending any time with God. You are so unspiritual. You never pray enough. You are going to screw this whole thing up. You’ll never be able to walk with God the way you are supposed to. You are a failure. You don’t measure up, and you never will.” Then comes condemnation, fear, maybe frustration, anger, or anxiety. Yuck. This is NOT the right path. Notice it’s all about what you are doing wrong. (Like it’s up to you to make yourself a Mount Zion or something. Um… Jesus already did that, didn’t he?)
Path #2 is the path of grace. Here’s what grace sounds like: “See God smiling at you? You are so beautiful to Him, even now. How he loves to hear your voice! Share your heart with Him, beautiful woman of God. You are perfect.” Bring on the joy, the peace, and the sense of purpose. Oh yes, grace is where we live now. Grace is what Jesus paid for.
You’ll never get closer to God by trusting in your own strength or trying to live up to a certain standard that church, family, or religion has placed on you.
The thing is, you are already right there in His heart. Right there with Him. You are in Him. He is in you. Stop trying to get somewhere you already are. Just rest in what He did, and enjoy Him. Even if it’s been a while, just know that you are a modern day Mount Zion. You are His special dwelling place.
In His eyes, you are the perfection of beauty.
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