Have you every pictured yourself as beautiful for the King, King Jesus? Have you thought about how much He desires you…yes…you.
”Listen, O daughter, consider and give ear: Forget your people and your father’s house. The king is enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.” Ps. 45:10-11, NIV
In the days before rapid communication a princess would sometimes marry a foreign king and then rarely, if ever, see her family and friends again. She would be immersed into a new culture, with new privileges and responsibilities.
What would happen if she pined away for her old home and situation? The king would not be very pleased with her. A pretty face may attract attention, but if it is not matched with beauty of soul and spirit then the attraction soon fades.
How does this apply to us? We have been brought out of the world culture and placed in a heavenly one by our Divine Lover, the great King of the universe. The privilege and opportunity staggers the imagination... that we should be loved by and brought into the palace of The King.
Yet, sometimes, we look at the world system and envy them! Like the Israelites we wish we were back in Egypt. We mope around the palace of the King resenting all the things we can’t do or the friends/family we have lost. We compromise, wanting what the world has to offer, but not really wanting to leave the King’s palace either. It does not make us a desirable bride for the majestic King.
The advice to this daughter - or bride-to-be - is leave the past behind you. We have been brought out of the world. Our focus should be on the King who loves us and how we can please Him. We should enter wholeheartedly into all that our new position presents to us. We should not hold back or complain [do I have to go to church? pay my tithes? read the Bible? etc.]. We find our joy in knowing Him. We all have "off" days when we are feeling down, but where is our hearts desire. Is Jesus the focus of our heart?
When we do that we become beautiful for the King. [This is not a matter of pride for it is a beauty He has placed within.] He greatly desires to be with us. Do you see Jesus as greatly desiring your presence? If you were Jesus and heard someone say all the things you say about your new life, would it attract you or repel you?
Sometimes, in our relationship with Jesus, we get caught up in what we are interested in. For example, maybe all we are interested in is improving our life/family or maybe we are only interested in studying Bible prophecy. In that case, we are really just using Jesus for our own benefit. Hardly an attractive attribute.
A beautiful bride is well balanced. A beautiful bride desires her groom for who he is, not for what she can get. A true marriage is the uniting of two lives. Jesus desires nothing less with His bride - both you personally and the Church corporately.
The bottom line is, of course, He is the Lord. He is the One in charge and requires our submission. [If it is willing submission then we are beautiful for the King in His eyes and our relationship can develop to great heights.] Jesus deserves our respect and worship - our very best.