When you think about God, what do you think about? How do you picture Him as it relates to your relationship with Him? Do you envision Him with a concerned look on His face? Do you imagine a bit of sweat forming on His upper lip as He frets over your forgetfulness and faithlessness? Perhaps He is glaring at you because of your sin?
If that’s the mental picture you have of God—I wish I could say this to you more sweetly—it’s totally wrong! The cure for these distorted pictures and any other gross misunderstandings of God is to gain a clearer view of the Gospel.
As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you. (Isaiah 62:5)
I remember as if it was yesterday: standing at the altar of the church and seeing my Kim in her wedding gown for the very first time as she prepared to proceed down the aisle toward me. It was 6:00 pm on Saturday, March 6th, 1993; we were at the little Church by the Sea in Fort Lauderdale. The emotions that flooded my mind and heart overwhelmed me to tears—you can see it on our wedding video, which we watch as a family each anniversary. As our bridegroom, Jesus rejoices over His bride, just as I was rejoicing over my beloved Kim.
How often we need the power of the Gospel simply to believe the Gospel! Jesus rejoices over His bride . . . and that includes you. Notice that Isaiah didn’t say the Bridegroom rejoices over His bride when His bride deserves to be rejoiced over. Scripture doesn’t say Jesus rejoices over us when we prove ourselves worthy of His rejoicing. It simply says we are the object of God’s rejoicing affection.
Think about it this way: Jesus is totally satisfied in His bride. He never doubts His choice. He never questions His sanity in choosing us. He never gets tired or bored with His bride. He rejoices over us day and night, night and day. This good news almost seems too good to be true . . . but it is. You have His Word on it!
So how should this incredible news impact you today, right where you are, in whatever stations this finds you in? It should provide you with the greatest source of motivation and inspiration to live the life God has called you to live, knowing you will never live it perfectly until you are received into glory. You are freed in the Gospel to be who you are: His bride, with all of your imperfections and blemishes and sins, knowing that He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Wow! This should get you up early and keep you up late, pouring yourself out for the glory of the One who chose you to be His bride forever. Today is a day for you to rejoice, because the One who paid the price to have you as His bride—a price paid with His own precious blood—rejoices over you.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!