“Listen, O daughter, consider and give ear: Forget your people and your father’s house. The king is enthralled by your beauty; honour him, for he is your lord.”
It has been said that some of the most beautiful lines of poetry ever written are the final two of the Arabian Love Song by Francis Thompson. Beseeching his beloved to come away with him he writes,
“And thou – what needs’t with thy tribes black tents
Who hast the red pavilion of my heart?”
The psalmist is saying much the same thing here. Turn away from dependence upon the habitations and relationships of the world, no matter how secure and appealing they may seem, and trust the love of the Lord who is ‘enthralled by your beauty.’
We read in Scripture of how God so loved the world that He gave His Son, of how Jesus gave His mortal life, of how God has loved us with an everlasting love, and even that the Church is the bride of Christ. Do we stop however and dwell on this great love for each and every one of us. Can we imagine God looking at us not as we see ourselves but as we are transformed in Christ into the beauty and wonder of our first creation?
Can we see God watching us and smiling in delight, or running to meet us as we turn to Him and celebrating His relationship with us; calling for a joyous party because it is just so wonderful and He is so thrilled and happy? Can we envision Jesus holding out his arms to us and calling ‘Come … come and be embraced… come and be loved …. come to where you belong… come home to My heart.” Don’t worry … Don’t fear … just come.
Our call to love God with all our heart and souls and mind and strength is because that is how He loves us, with every fibre of His being.
Let God sing His love song in your heart. Cherish it, love it, live it – for He who is love in all its potential and fullness, loves you totally, wonderfully and eternally.
Practice believing and receiving
Father you love me, Lord Jesus you love me, Holy Spirit You love me – I am beautifully and marvellously loved. Amen.