[From Oct.1, 2015]
"You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called My Delight is in Her, and your land Married; for the LORD delights in you... 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 your God rejoice over you."
Weddings are occasions for great joy! Just about everyone loves going to a wedding. The bride always looks amazing. She's surrounded by her closest friends. The groom is so excited to see his bride. There's a solemn covenant made before God and others. There's music, dancing, food, fun... it's simply a fabulous event!
Isaiah 62 tells us that no matter how we think God feels about us (and sometimes we feel forsaken & abandoned by God because of life's circumstances), the TRUTH is that God loves and delights in us! And Isaiah uses wedding imagery to talk about that love and commitment on God's part! God rejoices in us, like a bridegroom over a bride!
What a powerful metaphor. God has made an eternal commitment to us - to love, care for, and be in relationship with us. Not because God has to... but because God WANTS to! How amazing is that?
Thank you, Lord, for the many ways you love and delight in us. Help me never to forget that. And help me to honor the commitment you've made to me, by the way I live my life in relationship to you!