Is anything more beautiful than a woman on her wedding day? Everything in her wedding is tailored to making her simply glow: a white gown, her hair in curls and veiled, a bouquet of flowers bursting full of color and her eyes fixated on the man before her all make her absolutely breath-taking. The groom could not be anymore joyful as he awaits her coming down the isle. Two becoming one, united in a commitment that lasts an entire lifetime.
It truly is the climax to all love stories.
In Isaiah 62, this scene is played out only the bride is Zion, the body of believers, and the groom is the Lord.
"The nations shall see your righteousness, and all the kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give." (v.2)
A woman often gives up her last name to take the name of her husbands, we too will receive a new name, a name is that is honorable. He alone will define who you are.
"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 no longer be termed Azubah (Forsaken), and your land shall no more be termed Shemamah (Desolate), but you shall be called Hephzibah (My Delight is in Her), and your land Beulah (Married)
For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your s sons marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you." (v. 3-5)
Wow!!!!!!! I cannot help but beam from just reading this text! Can you not picture this day? Can you not understand the anticipation that we should feel in being united with our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ? Can you hear the sweet words "Hephzibah" whispered in your ears? And your identity established in the Lord and no one else. You will be the crown of beauty and a royal diadem in the hand of the Lord. You will no longer be a wallflower, a forsaken and dirty rag but a jewel, a gem in the hand of our God. The Lord is extending his hand in marriage through the blood of his son, Jesus Christ, have you said yes?