Friday, January 29, 2016

PSALM 19 continued...

Here Comes the Groom
The Groomal March
(Dum, dum, de dum...)
"In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
His going forth is from the end of the heaven,
and his circuit unto the ends of it:
and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof."
(KJV verses 4-6)

It is an outside wedding. 
 The white canopied tents are set up.
The groom is seen coming out, handsome, strong,
while inwardly he is excitedly rejoicing.
He is on his toes ready to go down the aisle to claim his bride.
It is a race for the strong, to win the prize,
the heart of his beloved in a lasting covenant
due to his faithful appearance
day after day,
 expressing the heat of his love and care.
Such is the Lover of our soul.

"The sun is compared to a bridegroom in his ornaments,
because of the glory and splendor of his rays;
And to a giant or strong man running a race,
because of the power of his light and heat."
(Adam Clarke)

So what are the terms of endearment that He speaks to us?

"The law of the Lord is perfect,
restoring the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right
rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is clean,
enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true;
they are righteous altogether."
(NASV verses 7-9)
"'The law of the Lord.'  And here are two books of divine revelation:
1.  the visible heavens, and the works of creation in general;
2.   the Bible, or divinely inspired writings
contained in the Old and New Testaments...
these instruct, direct, put straight, guide. 
'Is perfect'...Temimah, it is perfection;
it is perfect in itself as a law,
and requires perfection in the hearts
 and lives of (his bride) men.
'Converting the soul.'  Turning it back to God.
'The testimony of the Lord'...'beyond, forward.'
These ...refer to something beyond themselves,
and point forward to the Lamb of God,
who takes away the sin of the world.
'is sure'.  'Neemanah' are 'faithful';
they point out the things beyond them fairly, truly, and fully.
They all bear testimony to the great atonement.
...the simple is he who has but one end in view,
who is concerned about his soul."
(Adam Clarke)

The words from His mouth are perfect, sure, right, pure, clean, true.
Who wouldn't fall in love with a groom like that?
These words from our Groom restore the soul, make one wise, causes the heart to  rejoice,
enlightens the eyes, endure forever since no death do thee part.

What token does the Groom have?
What  does He slip on the finger?
"They are more desirable than gold,
yes, than much fine gold;
You may kiss your bride...
"Sweeter also than honey and
the drippings of the honeycomb."
(NASV verse10)

Ahh, who doesn't love a wedding?

Our season of family weddings has come to a pause.
Perhaps it will not be until our grandchildren grow up,
and fall in love before we enjoy more of these weddings.
  But as a very dear friend always calls his wife his bride,
so we too have a Bridegroom for always and forever.
Perhaps you wonder why I write romance stories!
Romance is written in the very fabric of creation.
E're since God made a helpmate for Adam,
inexplicably, couples have paired off
with some mysterious drawing
of souls one to another.
Sometimes I think
God winks,

February 1,
 will begin with a fun fiction and then another for Valentine's Day:
"A New Heart" and "A Runaway Bride"
Coming soon to a blog page near you.

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