Some clichés are falsehoods and aren’t worth the price of a vowel on Wheel of Fortune; however, timeless classics like, Beauty is in the eye of the beholder have been cherished for generations.
To be honest, I lack more than just a little sophistication when it comes to appreciating the elegance and splendor of beauty, but even I can appreciate:
Beauty should not be thought of as just a sensory perception of the eye. It can also be a pleasant fragrance that fires the sensory neurons in your schnozzle.
People like me can identify a canvas that hosts the bright strokes of a Picasso, but we are more apt to be awed by the sight of a scrumptious slice of apple pie fused with the tantalizing aroma of freshly brewed coffee. While some of us will never fully appreciate the world of art, there are others who will never savor the delicious bouquet of culinary delights nor the sweet perfume of a rose.
It’s estimated that 2 million people actually stink at smelling. Dysfunctional smellers are found more often among men than women: In one study, nearly 25% of men and 11% of women, ages 60–69, had a smell disorder. This diagnosis falls into four classifications:
- Anosmia is the complete inability to detect odors.
- Hyposmia is the diminished ability to detect odors.
- Parosmia is a change in a person’s ability to distinguish odors.
- Phantosmia is the bogus illusion of the nose; it is a perceptual false-positive of an odor that isn’t present.
The nasal tone of this post would not be complete, if I failed to mention two smells that are especially pleasing to God:
- The aroma of your prayers that evoke the smell of golden bowls full of incense in (Revelation 5:8).
- The aroma of your love that Paul speaks of in the book of Ephesians.
Let today be the day to contemplate the beauty that surrounds you, to reflect on the beauty of the Lord our God that is upon you (Psalm 90:17), and to take the words of Thoreau to heart: Behave so the aroma of your actions may enhance the general sweetness of the atmosphere.
One among the many things that I lack is the ability to sing well. This is why I like the words of Psalm 96; it encourages us to sing a “new song to the Lord.”
Due to my inability to harmonize and sing on key, songs always have a new and different sound when I sing—I can carry a tune; I just can’t unload it.
The songs of David are replete with sweet praise for God’s love and faithfulness: For Your faithful love is higher than the heavens, and Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds (Psalm 108:4).
Love is the expressible and essential attribute of God that is one of His cohesive characteristics. God’s attributes never detract from or diminish another of His characteristics—God is both just and merciful. He is also self-existent, eternal, and holy; therefore, God’s love has no beginning; it has no end, and, it is holy and pure. God’s love has always existed and it will never end.
Love is that attribute of God that defines the Substitute who died for the spiritually destitute on the cross of Calvary. And, as John said: We love God, because He first loved us (I John 4:19).
Rogers Nelson, known to his fans as Prince, was 57 years old when he died yesterday. CNN reported that, “An outpouring of grief followed as fans paid tribute to the singer who masterfully blended rock, R&B, jazz, funk and pop.”
While Prince Rogers Nelson had many adoring fans, I was not one of them. I just did not like the pieces of music he produced.
I do, however, like peace and what a real Prince has to offer. Isaiah called this person the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace.
Although Prince Rogers Nelson was honored because he sold over 100 million records worldwide, I prefer the Prince of Peace who was known for other reasons:
- Jesus healed a leper (Mark 1:40-45).
- Jesus healed the centurion’s servant (Matthew 8:5-13).
- Jesus opened the eyes of two blind men (Matthew 9:27-31).
- Jesus fed at least five thousand people (Matthew 14:15-21).
- Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11:1-46).
I guess I have to agree with a statement found in Psalm 118:9: It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.
The princes of this world have little to offer in comparison to the true Prince—the Prince of Peace. When you get to know Him, you will begin to experience, “the effect of righteousness” and it “will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.” ~Isaiah 32:17
When you think of going to the Opera, you may think of classical music and orchestras. In Norway, people think a bit differently. To them and a growing number of the computer literate, the meaning of Opera has changed.
Opera is a sweet technological melody that flows from a company that’s based in Norway. This pioneering developer has introduced a new version of its desktop computer browser that incorporates an enticing feature.
The software engineers at Opera have written their code, so it automatically blocks annoying spam and unwanted advertisements. This allows the web pages to load faster, and it creates a web environment that has increased privacy and security.
The need to turn down unwanted noise and unhealthy distractions is nothing new; and, the root of the problem may be your innate nature that can be as curious as it nosy. As someone one once warned: Curiosity killed the cat.
A frantic, unfocused, and undisciplined life will eventually lead to a life that is physically fatigued and spiritually exhausted. This is one reason Moses prescribed a practical solution to the curious needs of the Hebrews:
And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. ~Deuteronomy 6
The purpose of frontlets is to prevent a horse from getting spooked or distracted and to keep it focused on the road ahead. Moses said God’s Word will do the same for you. Godly principles act as Opera’s ad blocker: They filter out the unwanted and unnecessary noise of the world, and they create an environment that is in harmony with His will.
The Voice is NBC’s flagship entry into the arena of reality TV. This Emmy Award winning program debuted in April of 2011, and it has risen to the number one spot in NBC’s primetime programming. The Voice showcases some of the country’s best unknown artists.
These aspiring stars are judged and coached by a panel four of the biggest names in music. The judges this year are Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Pharrell Williams.
Due to the popularity of the show, people associate “the voice” with The Voice; but, this hasn’t always been the case.
- When Adam, not Levine, and his wife heard THE VOICE, it was “the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day (Genesis 3:8 KJV).”
- In Psalm 29, there’s a captivating description of the majestic voice of God: The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, is over many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
- John the Baptist described himself as: The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lord . . . when John saw Jesus coming toward him, he said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:23, 29).”
- Jesus spoke about the welcome sound of His voice: My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me (John 10:27).
While you might be a fan of The Voice, I hope you will listen to the words of Peter and heed THE VOICE of eternal life: You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God (John 6:68-69).”
It’s not quite the stuff of the Beatles Twist and Shout: It’s better. Psalm 95:1-3 has a lot of shouting, and it encourages you to twist your heart and soul into the presence of God:
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God, and the great King above all gods. ~Psalm 95
- These verses encourage you to sing out: I have trusted in Your mercy, so my heart shall rejoice in Your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me. Psalm 13:5-6
- They admonish you to be filled with joy within: Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; but he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him. Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! Psalm 32:10-11
- They suggest the need to express your thanks: I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30
- Instead of being quite, you’re instructed to shout up to the heavens, and to delight in God’s righteousness by shouting for joy and being glad. Psalm 35:7
As you make your plans for the weekend, I encourage you to reflect on this Psalm. It may serve as motivator to get you to make a joyful shout to the Lord; to serve Him with gladness; and to come before His presence with singing (Psalm 100).