Beauty and grace enable us to do great things
“You are fairer than the sons of men; grace is poured upon your lips, therefore God has blessed you forever.”
What kind of phrase is this that we find here? I would love to know the meaning of “grace is poured upon your lips”. What are your lips? Your lips are the gateway that every word that leaves your mouth pass through. Words are first a feeling or an emotion of your heart, then a thought that brews in the chambers of your mind. As the thought bounces around between your heart and mind between thoughts and emotions, it takes form as a sentence. Think about it. Everything you say comes from somewhere or something. I think it is literally impossible to say anything that you can’t trace back to something your first felt or thought about. Whether it’s random or intentional, it all has a root. Once your sentence is formed with some emotional characteristics from your heart and some intellectual characteristics from your mind, it passes down to your mouth. After this it is no longer something only you know, but something that all the world has access to. Once the words leave your mouth, there’s nothing you can do to take them back from the world. Sure, there are times you’re alone and you say things that no-one hears, but even the words that no-one beside you hear have an influence on the world around you.
Now lets go back to the phrase in scripture “grace is poured out on your lips”. What does grace mean? Grace: the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. Now imagine your lips are coated in grace as chap stick or lipstick would coat your lips. Every word that would come out of your mouth would then have to pass through a gateway of grace, a gateway of unmerited favor, a gateway that explains the gifts God gives to His children. What if I made sure everyday before trying to interact with people I became aware of the grace of God on my life? What if I allowed His favor to be poured out over my lips. I wouldn’t have to worry about offending anyone, about hurting anyone, I wouldn’t need to fear my ability to speak either one on one or addressing crowds when I speak publicly. Even when it comes to writing and typing things like these. I want the gateway that my lips are, to be a gateway covered with His grace. I want my words to be a refreshing fountain that bring people back to the truth of who the Father says they are.
“Your arrows are sharp in the hearts of the Kings enemies; the peoples fall under you.” This line confirms who we are and what power we have in our identity. We are sons and daughters, we are priests, we are Ambassadors, we are those who have found belonging with a king. It’s not just a king, it is THE KING. The one who created the heavens and earth. The one who has a future and a hope for every individual that has ever been. From the most down and out, the homeless, hopeless, and broken to the Rich, the successful and hopeful he has a future for EVERYONE. Once we find our place in Him and allow Him to have His place within us, we have a greater; much greater purpose than to just be human and live a normal life. We are to use what we have and who we are to fight the Kings enemies. Remember that lip-coating grace we talked about at the beginning? That makes our words more than sentences, phrases, and responses. It makes our words a comforter, a weapon, a song to those that hear them. Imagine the times that you get to compliment the hopeless. The moments when you get to love the one whom is on their death bed. Even when you get to tell someone what you like about their outfit. With the simple phases, believe it or not, we are taking ground against the kings enemies. The hopelessness that the enemy was placing on people is being wiped away with your words. Your words are a piercing arrow of defeat to the heart of the enemy and a piercing arrow of love, compassion, and joy to the ones whom you are talking to.
“So the king will greatly desire your beauty” or in another translation it reads, “For your royal bridegroom is ravished by your beautiful brightness.” And one other says, “The king is enthralled with your beauty.”
Imagine living in a country of great wealth. A big and prosperous city, and a lush and beautiful countryside. A young handsome King with riches beyond our imaginations capacity to explore. This exact king contacts you and wants to meet you. A meeting is arranged and when you meet with Him you find out the He has been overwhelmed with love for you and wants to marry you. He wants to give you everything He has. He has seen your beauty, He has watched you from afar and He has made up in His mind that you are the one wants to be with forever.
No matter how far fetched this concept may seem. It is a reality. God, the king of all the earth. The one who holds the keys to the storehouses of Heaven. The one who has access to all resource in Heaven and on earth loves you. He created you, He fully knows you. The good, the bad, the beautiful, the ugly, yet He wants you. He sees you and says that you are good. He sees you all the time. When you are living in righteousness doing what you know to be good, and when you are doing things that bring you shame, yet all the while He is smiling over you waiting for you to come meet with Him and let Him romance you. The one who created beauty made each and everyone of His lovers with unique beauty. He wouldn’t create something that He isn’t attracted to.
Your value and worth isn’t in what others are saying about you, it’s not in what you believe to be true about yourself, it’s in how the King sees you and what He says about you. The king is enthralled with your beauty.