You are clothed with splendor and majesty, covering yourself with light as with a garment, (PS 104:1-2)
The Psalmist poetically compares the creation with God’s clothing: “You are clothed with splendor and majesty, covering yourself with light as with a garment.” We can’t see God, but he shows us something of himself in his “clothing.”
Spurgeon says “Garments both conceal and reveal a person, and [so does the creation] of God.” The universe conceals God – we can’t see him in his infinite glory as he really is. But the universe also reveals God – and if the creation is filled with such majesty and beauty, how great must God be. “It makes us feel how altogether inconceivable the personal glory of the Lord must be; if light itself is but his garment and veil, what must be the blazing splendor of his own essential being!” (Spurgeon).
Michael E. Travers says, “All of nature can only hint at God’s greatness, just as a person’s clothing can only give a suggestion of what the person is really like.” (Encountering God in the Psalms)
A couple weeks ago I happened to catch the most beautiful sunset. The fiery oranges and the subtle pinks and purples evoked a sense of awe and hunger for a deeper beauty. That yearning for a deeper beauty is ultimately a yearning for the infinite beauty of Jesus Christ. As John Piper says, “It is the glory of Christ that finally satisfies our soul. We are made for Christ, and Christ died so that every obstacle would be removed that keeps us from seeing and savoring the most satisfying treasure in the universe—namely, Christ, who is the image of God.”
Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 1 JN 3:2
In heaven there will be no more pain or tears. We’ll be reunited with loved ones who believed and went before us. We’ll have glorious immortal bodies. But nothing will compare with the rapturous vision of Christ’s face.
If you can, take a few minutes today and observe the beauty of the creation. I hope you live somewhere where you can take in a sunset or pine trees reflecting in a lake. As you delight in the Lord’s “clothing” praise him that someday you’ll stare in amazement upon “the blazing splendor” of his face.
*painting – “Starry Night” by Van Gogh