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Beauty and

Strength
Devotional
In Psalm 96:1-6,
David wrote,

1. Oh sing unto Jehovah a new song:


Sing unto Jehovah, all the earth.
2. Sing unto Jehovah, bless His name;
Show forth His salvation from day to day.
3. Declare His glory among the nations,
His marvelous works among all the
peoples.
4. For great is Jehovah,
and greatly to be praised:
He is to be feared above all
gods.
5. For all the gods of the
peoples are idols; but
Jehovah made the
heavens.
6. Honor and majesty are
before Him: Strength and
beauty are in His
sanctuary.
Early one spring morning I
walked out the front door of my
home and saw a spider web.
It was beautiful, but it wasn't
strong.
Before the day was over, the
web was gone.
Some things are
beautiful but not strong.
And other things are
strong but not beautiful.
A concrete slab is
strong, but you're not
likely to want one in
your living room.
Similarly, a steel girder
exists to support, not to
be seen.
There was a beauty about the
tabernacle and temple. "Honor and
majesty are before Him; strength and
beauty are in His sanctuary" (v. 6).
The tabernacle was a tent – it had
beauty but not a great deal of strength.
The temple had both strength and
beauty.
Our God is practical, but not so practical
that He leaves out the beautiful. He gave
both strength and beauty to His creation,
such as trees, mountains and rivers.
God also wants us to have beauty. He
wants us to have the kind of strength that
is beautiful and the kind of beauty that is
strong. We can "worship the Lord in the
beauty of holiness" because "strength
and beauty are in His sanctuary."
God's works have both beauty and
strength. If you are walking in
fellowship with Him, your life will have
a beauty that is strong and a strength
that is beautiful. You'll become more
and more like Jesus.