“Take Me into the Beautiful” was originally released by Cloverton in 2009 on their self-titled EP. A slightly different version was later released as a radio single in 2011.
They are very similar and both are great, but my favorite is the radio single – I have heard it more, and there are some extra details in it that I really love.
This song is particularly special to me because I got to see it played live at a local Cloverton concert, and I got to meet the band afterwards. It was a small church venue, which made the concert very up-close and personal.
Musically, the song incorporates piano and strings beautifully, while also balancing it with the perfect amount of drums and guitar.
Lead singer Lance Stafford’s vocals range from smooth and sweet tones to a slight growl that I only noticed recently and which gives the song some extra character.
The speaker is speaking to the Lord, asking Him to lead him into a place of worship and intimacy with Him – a place where he is both fully aware of and is a reflection of God’s amazing love.
He recognizes God’s love as brilliantly bright, unending, and full of mercy and grace, and he wants everyone to know that he is singing for God, not himself.
I absolutely love this song – it gets 5 stars from me.
“Take Me into the Beautiful” is loaded with phrases that reference Scriptures indirectly – it wouldn’t be a bad idea to take some time to assess it piece by piece and find all of the Scriptures that are implied.
For now, I will just mention a few of the obvious references.
During the chorus, the speaker asks God to take him to the place “where the faces glow, with a light that never dims.” This is clearly a reference to two passages:
First, it reminds us of how Moses’ face would visibly glow after he spent time in the presence of the Lord (Exodus 34:29–35).
However, in Moses’ case, the Israelites could only see his glowing countenance briefly – he would cover his face with a veil after sharing what God had told him “so that the Israelites would not gaze at the end of the glory which was fading away” (2 Corinthians 3:13b, the Amplified Bible).
Second, it reminds us of how different our situation is under the new covenant under Jesus Christ as opposed to under the old covenant of Moses.
Second Corinthians 3:7–18 discusses how we have the ability to “see and reflect the glory of the Lord” (verse 17, New Living Translation). Since it declares that we do not need a veil like Moses did, it is understood that God wants to shine His glory through us continuously, without fade.
The chorus also mentions that God’s love never ends, a fact that is repeated often throughout Scripture (2 Chronicles 7:3; 2 Chronicles 20:21; Psalm 100:5; Psalm 107:1; Psalm 118:1–4, 29; Psalm 136 [all of it]; Lamentations 3:22, etc.).
And perhaps most importantly, the song speaks about God being inside of us.
Colossians 1:27 says, “To them [the saints, aka God’s people] God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (New International Version).
In this verse, “hope” means expectancy. The New Living Translation puts it this way: “Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.”
So we can be confident that since Jesus lives in us, God wants to shine His glory through us for all to see, revealing His love to the world.
Are we reflecting that glory? Let’s make a conscious effort to do so, and to refuse to let anything dim or hide that light within us (Matthew 5:15).
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