10 February 2019
In Isaiah, we see that the God of Israel has entered our humanity and likened his love for his own people as a love of Bridegroom for Bride. ‘As the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.’
The bride is described as ‘a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord’ – something rare and beautiful, something to be treasured and admired, something which adds sparkle to life and living and the world around.
God gives his bride a new name. ‘You shall be called, ‘My Delight is in Her’’. What a fancy name but this is how God looks upon his bride and understands her whole being. She is delightful. Despite her wayward ways, she is a delight to him.
This is love’s power. It does not focus on human frailty and characteristic foibles, it loves for no other reason than love’s sake. He cannot help loving his bride for despite everything that happens, she is and always will be a delight to him.