Tag Archives: the New Testament

Psalms 45:13-48:14

It is amazing as to what can catch my eye. I am in wonderment as to this upcoming wedding and have no idea why until I finish the rest of the story.

(Her wedding dress is dazzling,
    lined with gold by the weavers;
All her dresses and robes
    are woven with gold.
She is led to the king,
    followed by her virgin companions.
A procession of joy and laughter!
    a grand entrance to the king’s palace!) – Psalm 45:13-15 MSG

I am sure this has to do something with the Church and all I could find was this quote from Spurgeon that made sense.

“In one sense they are a part of the church, but for the sake of the imagery they are represented as maids of honour; and, though the figure may seem incongruous, they are represented as brought to the King with the same loving familiarity as the bride, because the true servants of the church are of the church, and partake in all her happiness.”

There is so much honour and joy at this wedding – I am not too sure if I can take this all the way back to how God presented Eve to Adam, but it makes for interesting thought. I thought too that it is just not anyone invited to be in the king’s presence or that gets into his palace. The kind of people that get invited are those who honour him.

I’ll make you famous for generations;
    you’ll be the talk of the town
    for a long, long time. – Psalm 45:17 MSG

These kinds of people will be invited – which begs the question for me that Boice asks.

“Are we doing as the psalmist did? Do we praise him who has purchased us to himself to be his bride? Are we working to see that the nations come to honor him as well?”

I think it is fair for me to challenge myself that honouring Jesus here on earth is the same that I will be doing when I am in heaven where I will see His glory, and where I will be praising Him. This is where I come into the wedding story – I can look forward with incredible anticipation to my union with Him and my glorious future with Him. I will be joined with others who will honour His name throughout eternity.

Father, I love these images that You have inserted into the Old Testament that have incredible meaning in the New. Thank you for speaking into my world today and reminding me on what honour looks like in an engagement and at a wedding. I am encouraged to be faithful and am encouraged to persevere. I am blessed to have been called by You and with that I bring You my praise and worship.

Erwin (evanlaar)

1 Comment

Filed under 66 Books, 7-day reading pln, Bible in a year reading plan, Cover to cover, Old Testament, Psalms, reading plan

2 Samuel 1-2; 1 Chronicles 11; Psalm 96, 106; Acts 21

I was amazed at the song that David wrote for Saul and Jonathan. I am sure the words he chose came easily as he thought more about Jonathan rather than Saul. He called it the “Song of the Bow.”

There is love of country and love of a friend – more than a friend – for David never found another man he could love like Jonathan.

I grieve for you, Jonathan, my brother.
You were such a friend to me.
Your love for me was more wonderful
than the love of women. – 2 Samuel 1:26 HCSB

I have never experienced such love for a friend, however, I have heard of it and understand it. I am not sure Jesus had such a friend, but I am challenged to be a Jonathan to those who are called and anointed for leadership.

David was a man, a leader, who drew other leaders to him. When he wished for water from the well in Bethlehem, those that loved him braved all danger, risked their lives, and made sure they offered him a cup of that water. I am challenged again to look at my love for Jesus, my personal love. Love is a mighty bond – Jesus’ love for me – He braved all dangers, and His love caused Him to lay down His life for me. He loves me and that love ensures that I have a covenant with Him that nothing can get in-between.

This love unites and I see it in the New Testament.

Father, I have easily written love songs to You – they flow from my heart because of Your love for me. You have been my best friend since the day I met You and You have never left me alone. You have brought me through valleys as dark as death and have surrounded me with Your protection when I faced death. I am amazed how easily I could have been destroyed, if Your hand was not there to hold me. There is not an argument in the world that can convince me otherwise, even the threat of death. I grieve for those who do not know You as I have come to know You. They have not gone through the experiences that I have. Help me be a Jonathan or a Paul or a Barnabas or a Timothy to them and allow me to love them as You have loved me. Amen

Leave a comment

Filed under 1 Chronicles, 2 Samuel, 5 day reading plan, 66 Books, Acts, Bible in a year reading plan, New Testament, Old Testament, Psalms, reading plan