As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you. Isa. 62:5
Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out: “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready.” Rev. 19:6-7
Dear Lord Jesus, today as every day, I need the gospel, and I need the power of the gospel even to believe the gospel. Sometimes the Good News seems just too good to be true, and many times my heart gets distracted, dulled or divided. So I pray for grasping power today—power to lay hold of the multidimensional love that is ours in you, a love that surpasses knowledge but will never diminish through eternity (Eph. 3:14-21).
Lord Jesus, you are the quintessential bridegroom who greatly rejoices in and over us, your bride. You’re not just committed to us; you’re not just faithful to us; you’re not just a great provider; you actually love and enjoy us. You’re glad to be married to us. You have no doubts or regrets. You haven’t discovered something recently that makes you wonder what you were thinking when you chose us. You’re not bored with us. You were never just infatuated with us. You don’t look longingly at some other spouse and think, “If only . . .”
If your great affection for us wasn’t written down so clearly in your Word, I’d never believe it was true or even possible. Continue to free me from my unbelief and under-belief.
As I meditate on John’s startling vision of our wedding day, I totally understand the thunderous sounds of heaven extolling the wonder of it all. Where can a greater reason for unfettered rejoicing be found? What other hope could possibly generate such unabated gladness? Come, Holy Spirit, come and stun my heart afresh with this good and true news! Renew, refresh, restore to me and my friends the joy of this glorious salvation!
Lord Jesus, we’re ready for that Day for only one reason: you lived and died to make us yours. We no longer wear the garments of our unrighteousness or our self-righteousness. We’re dressed in the wedding garments of your grace—your perfect righteousness freely given to us because of your costly sacrifice for us. This is our only hope and our only boast.
May your marriage to us and great love for us profoundly alter and affect every other relationship in which you’ve placed us. Free us for loving others as you love us—when it’s easy, and when loving is the last thing on our mind or in our hearts. So very Amen I pray in your glorious and loving name.