Saturated with His beauty,
Radiate His excellence.
“He [an angel] carried me [John] away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God” (Rev. 21:10-11a).
New Jerusalem has, possesses, the glory of God because it is saturated with God’s life and nature, thereby becoming God’s expression. This saturation and expression are identical to the two lines of the song.
The song has much guidance and encouragement for being before His face for His shining into us in our Christian life today, a relationship which will continue into New Jerusalem. Among the Bible verses alluded to in this song, to me 2 Corinthians 3:18 stands out:
We all with unveiled face, beholding and reflecting like a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord Spirit.
Our unveiling is not a once-for-all matter in our Christian life. Rather it is a continual turning of our heart to the Lord (v. 16). Whenever we turn to Him to have fellowship with Him in our spirit (v. 17), we are beholding Him and reflecting Him.
Unlike an earthly mirror which is unchanged by what it reflects, our beholding and reflecting the Lord causes us to be transformed into His image “from glory to glory.” This glory gradually saturates us, transforming us to the radiating glory of New Jerusalem.