One of my favorite things about attending weddings, is the watching of the groom as he awaits and then at long last, sees his bride being brought forward to become his wife. The anticipation as the groom awaits the bride’s arrival, followed by the pure joy and delight that is displayed on the face of the groom when he first sees his bride, is such a beautiful illustration of Christ’s love for us as His bride. Though frail and flawed in our own humanity, glimpses of a grooms great love for his bride, grant but a hint of how our Heavenly Father sees each of us.
Isaiah 61 & 62 hold multiple references to how God sees us as His bride. The verse that resonated most clearly this morning, was the second half of verse five, in chapter 62: “As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.” What a remarkable reminder of just how great is His love for each of us! The very notion that God, the Creator of the Universe, would rejoice over me like a bridegroom over his bride, is both beautiful and beyond my mind’s ability to fully grasp.
Such love and adoration from the King of Kings, makes my whole heart long to sing. “I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness…” – Isaiah 61:10a. Not only does He rejoice over us, but He clothes us in couture that clings to our core for all eternity.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son so that we could be clothed in salvation and righteousness because of His sacrifice for us. Forgive us for not fully grasping the glory in the garments You have given. Teach us to fix our eyes forward to You, our glorious Groom, who sees us with the greatest and purest love ever bestowed upon a bride. May we ever rejoice in our royal reception as Your bride, and let our love for You inspire the same desire to draw near in the hearts of all who come near. All blessing and honor and glory and praise to You, our beloved Bridegroom. Amen.
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