How Beautiful is the Body of Christ

When I was little, or maybe even before I was born, a song that I loved (and still love) called How Beautiful came out, sung by Twila Paris. It basically pulls from Isaiah 52:7 which says, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!'”

Like I said, I’ve always loved the song, but I had a really strong visualization of what that verse and song are about a few weeks ago (and each week since) while at church. At North Point, where Tom and I attend in Alpharetta, there are two auditoriums. The speaker (usually Andy Stanley) is typically in the East Auditorium, and in the West Auditorium they project what is going on in the East. The only exception is during the music worship-for that there is a band in each auditorium. Anyway, in the east wing, there is a balcony, and that is where Tom and I like to sit if we can get to it before it is filled up. We just began sitting there a few weeks ago, and that is when I first noticed that there is a person translating everything from the lyrics of praise music to announcements to the sermons into sign language for people in the first few rows to the right of the stage.

I watched them while I sang the songs, and it really struck me how beautiful it was that though they couldn’t hear to carry a tune, they were “singing” so exuberantly with their hands. The person who was translating was also so joyful as she sang with her mouth and her hands. It almost moved me to tears to think how those who were deaf could be bitter about not having the ability to hear, but instead they were doing what they could to praise God in the way He allowed them to do so. That is truly a beautiful thing to behold.

This part of the song immediately came to mind, and I remember it each Sunday that I see them :

How beautiful the feet that bring
The sound of good news
And the love of the King.
How beautiful the hands that serve
The wine and the bread
And the sons of the earth.
How beautiful
How beautiful
How beautiful is the body of Christ.


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