Friday, February 19, 2010

Happy To Be His Girl

I've been thinking a lot lately about the concept of Jesus as our betrothed bridegroom.

How many brides-to-be have you known who are worried as they wait for a coming surprise from their fiancé? Personally, I haven't seen many. But why is that?

Because a bride knows and loves her beloved and trusts his love for her. She knows whatever he's planning is gonna be awesome, that she's gonna love it, and that she'll enjoy going anywhere as long as it's with him. (And she knows he wouldn't dream of surprising her with something she wouldn't like.)

My friend has had some advice for me,
"Let God surprise you. Learn to enjoy the suspense." —Anna Kraft 
I'm not usually very keen on surprises—I've "wanted to know" whatever is going on, all my life! But one thing I do know is, whatever He's up to, it's gonna be awesome! I can know that, because I'm confident in the unfailing love of my Beloved. I know His heart is "kind beyond all measure." To Him, I am His princess. He delights in me. I want to prize and cherish that love. To trust Him with my heart, my life, my happiness.

I want the world to know I'm happy in His love, and ever so happy to be His girl.
It may be in the valley, where countless dangers hide;
It may be in the sunshine that I, in peace, abide;
But this one thing I know—though it be dark or fair,
If Jesus goes with me, I’ll go anywhere!

If Jesus goes with me, I’ll go anywhere!
’Tis heaven to me, where’er I may be, if He is there!
…If to go or stay, or whether here or there,
I’ll be, with my Saviour, content anywhere!

                     —Charles A. Miles, Public Domain

Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Most Beautiful Love

A passage I absolutely love, because nothing else in life compares to God's overwhelmingly faithful, tender love.
I may disappoint people; they may disappoint me. But even when I disappoint this Lover, He never gives up on me and - what I still can't wrap my head around - still is actually delighted and rejoicing to have me near Him and calls me His royal jewel, His beautiful bride.

"For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet,
until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,
and her salvation as a burning torch.

"You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD,
and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
You shall be called My Delight Is in Her,
for the LORD delights in you.

As the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
so shall your God rejoice over you."

~From Isaiah 62:1,3-5 (ESV)

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

So, I Wait...

"Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!
Those who fear him have no lack!
Those who seek the LORD lack no good thing."
-From Psalm 34:8-10

Hungry I come to You
For I know You satisfy.
I am empty, but I know
Your love does not run dry;
So I wait for You.

I'm falling on my knees
Offering all of me

Broken, I run to You
For Your arms are open wide.
I am weary, but I know Your touch
Restores my life;
So I wait for You.

-Kutless, "Hungry" from the album It Is Well