The other day I wrote about my daughter's wedding and watching my new son-in-law as he awaited his bride. I likened it to the way Jesus waits for us and how joyful we will be when we are joined to Him.
This morning I read the first devotional in a book I just picked up by John Piper - Taste and See. The devotional talks about how we would be transformed when we realize how much God delights in us. At the end of the piece he quotes Isaiah 62:4-5 - I was struck by the words - "You shall no more be termed Forsaken and your land shall no more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called My delight is In Her and your land Married; for the Lord delights in you ... As the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you."
The words reminded me of when I first became a Christian. That's exactly how I felt -as though I had been a barren dessolate land and now had been claimed, made fruitful and as joyful as a new bride. My story is here, if you'd like to read more about that.
I also take great comfort in the fact that this is present tense. God is doing all of that now - delighting over us each moment, loving us as only He can. Another verse Piper quoted - Jeremiah 32:40-41 - "I will make with them an everlasting covenanat that I will not turn away from doing good to them; and I will put the fear of me in their hearts that they may not turn from me. I will rejoice in doing them good ... with all my heart and all my soul."
That last sentence astounds me - that God would pour all of his heart and soul into doing something for me, into rejoicing over me! It's hard to wrap my mind around that.
It makes me want to sing that song - How great is our God, How great is our God - oh sing with me, How great, how great is our God!