Contemplate Beauty


I enjoy looking paintings, photos and other beautiful works of art.

I take pleasure in the way Edward Hopper paints light, the luminous bands of Mark Rothko paintings and the overlapping washes of Morris Lewis.? God has designed us to contemplate and enjoy beauty.

And nothing brings more joy than contemplating the excellence and attributes of Christ.

According to the excellence of the object that we embrace in our hearts is the degree of our happiness… according to the degree of our enjoyment of God is the true degree our happiness. — George Swinnock

Meditate on Jesus’ infinite beauty and holiness. Gaze upon the breath-taking mountain peaks of his sovereignty and greatness. Linger long upon the infinite love he displayed for you on the cross. Observe the ocean depths of his wisdom and genius of his providences. See his tender compassion toward vile sinners.? Delight in his long-suffering patience and forbearance.? Savor often the truth that he never changes.

Make a list of God’s attributes.

Once a week or so take a few minutes to praise him for his majesty, splendor, glory, compassion, mercy, goodness, faithfulness and steadfast love. Write down as many as you can.? As you dwell on the Lord’s attributes you will find that the excellence of your Object produces happiness in your heart.

Painting by Morris Lewis

Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.