"For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your builder marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall God rejoice over you."
Tomorrow, friends of ours are getting married. Nancy was part of the youth group at my very first church, some 15+ years ago. She and Kyle have been together for quite a while now, so it's a joy to be able to celebrate with them on this deeper commitment to their relationship. I know that Nancy's excited, simply based on her Facebook posts this week! I can also remember back over 20 years ago when I was a groom-to-be, and the excitement I had. What a feeling!
The prophet Isaiah uses wedding imagery to talk about our relationship wtih God. But he puts an interesting twist on it. Instead of simply saying we are bound together with God, like a marriage covenant... Isaiah speaks about God REJOICING over us, like a bridegroom over his bride. How cool is it to know that GOD GETS EXCITED & FILED WITH JOY when He thinks of us!?!? We tend to picture God as distant, waiting only for us to come to Him... but not according to Isaiah 62:5!
How might it change may day to day to know that God is REJOICING over my relationship with Him? (It's actually kind of exciting, isn't it?)