… As the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you. (Isaiah 62:5 ESV)
My view of God is often so wrong. Many times I see Him as the One who loves reluctantly—His love is conditioned on my level of love for Him. He’s the One who puts up with me because that’s His job. He’d rather be spending time with the angels than hanging out with the likes of me.
This is simply bad theology. The Lord knows the very worst about me and yet He has fixed His steadfast love on me and actually delights in me—being with me and giving me His very best, His Son Jesus Christ. He loved me long before I ever thought about loving Him. This is the most amazing romance ever told.
Since this is the case, why do I have to run around looking to be valued or even idolized by others? And why do I desperately seek the love and doting of others when the God of the universe has pursued me like a bridegroom pursues his love?
Basking in this kind of love warms and satisfies my cold heart, producing the same kind of love in my heart for my Lord and eliciting the response of “Behold, you are beautiful, my beloved, truly delightful” (Song of Solomon 1:16 ESV).