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Saturday, September 21, 2013

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The psalmist’s heart is bursting with jubilant praise for his King. While the song may have originally been composed as an “occasional” piece for an actual royal wedding celebration, the level of praise clearly takes us beyond anything composed to commemorate the arrival of any of Solomon’s wives or any of the princesses which came later as brides to other kings in Jerusalem. This is the language of Revelation where we see Christ coming in the splendor of victory over sin to receive His Bride.

In every human celebration--a Christian marriage, the birth of a child, the dedication of a child, a graduation, the appointment of a new leader—we have new reason to praise Him Who is altogether lovely, Whose garments are truth and righteousness. Whatever else we have to rejoice about, we can be glad about the “Wedding” soon to happen, when our Lord comes “out of the ivory palaces” of heaven in might and majesty and glory. No bridegroom has been so eager to claim his chosen one or paid so much to gain her love. No human bride has been as happy as the Church will be when Jesus takes her home.

Prayer: Father, every time I buy a wedding card or attend a wedding, remind me of the grandest wedding of all ages. Help me to allow You to cleanse me and make me “all glorious within.” Clothe me with the needlework of Your own making. Perfume my life with the fragrance of Your love. Amen.

Helen Pyke
Retired Professor
Southern Adventist University