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The gentle eyes of a dove
In Song of Solomon, the bride of Christ is called a dove and is described as having “dove’s eyes.” The Lord arrested me with this. What proves so special about a dove, let alone its eyes? My curiosity compelled me to learn more about doves. I found that doves are only able to fix their eyes on one thing at a time, which means when a dove fixes its gaze upon its mate, no activities or objects around the bird distract it. Therefore, the dove is often referred to as the “the bird of love”.
…Having dove’s eyes indicates we are increasingly aware of the Person of our Jesus. It means a spiritual awareness lifting us above the pulls of the earthly. This binocular gaze enables us to become sensitive to the Lord’s Presence and obedient to His desires and purpose.
The Lord yearns towards those who cultivate dove’s eyes which gaze on Him. These people attune to His slightest desire, because they are close enough to see which way His eyes look.
Song of Solomon 4:9 says, ~ You have ravished my heart, my treasure, my bride; you have ravished my heart with one glance of your eyes ~
Have you heard the dove’s coo? It is so gentle, soft, tender ~
Fall at His Feet
The expensive perfume poured out
Poured out at Jesus' feet
Poured out from a broken vessel
A pleasing sacrifice
Let it rise
The fragrance so strong
Strong enough to fill the whole house
A sweet incense
Let it burn
Fall at His feet
The Risen and Exalted Christ
Clasp His feet
Feel the touch of His hand
His gracious right hand placed upon His dove
Arise my dove, my beautiful one Come, reveal your face
Arise from the clefts of the Rock
Come let your voice be heard
For your voice is sweet
Your face so lovely
Shining, shining, for all to see, for all to hear.
Come, the Spirit and the Bride say Come!
Feel the touch of His hand
His gracious right hand
As blossoms bloom and give forth their fragrance
To the song of His beloved dove so sweet
Come and drink
Come, fall at His feet.
Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows? (Isaiah 60:8 KJV)
This verse caught my attention recently. Who might these doves be? Who are these doves that appear to fly to their windows when the glory of the Lord is rising and appearing on a group of people who stand before the nations? They will call you the city of the LORD, the Zion of the Holy One of Israel. (Isaiah 60:14) The Bride, the bride of Christ is compared to a dove in the Song of Solomon (Song of Solomon 2:14, 5:2, 6:9). Doves that fly to their windows, standing before the nations, the bride of Christ and Zion, this brings the first fruits for the Lamb to mind.
THEN I looked, and behold, the Lamb stood on Mount Zion, and with Him 144,000 [men] who had His name and His Father's name inscribed on their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven like the sound of great waters and like the rumbling of mighty thunder; the voice I heard [seemed like the music] of harpists accompanying themselves on their harps. And they sang a new song before the throne [of God] and before the four living creatures and before the elders [of the heavenly Sanhedrin]. No one could learn [to sing] that song except the 144,000 who had been ransomed (purchased, redeemed) from the earth. These are they who have not defiled themselves by relations with women, for they are [pure as] virgins. These are they who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These are they who have been ransomed (purchased, redeemed) from among men as the firstfruits for God and the Lamb. (Revelation 14:1-4)
These doves are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. Doesn't this sound like the group of women who followed Jesus to care for His needs? Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses (Matthew 27:55-56). Mary Magdalene and this other Mary were also at Jesus' tomb (Matthew 28:1). They were the first to discover that Jesus had risen. They were also the first ones that Jesus appeared to after His resurrection.
The angel said to the women, Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him. Now I have told you. So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. Greetings, he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me. (Matthew 28:5-10)
The women were being obedient when they met the risen Christ. Before this they were in awe and filled with joy--because they encountered the angel & the empty tomb. The NKJV has the word rejoice instead of greetings. Look what the women do after the Lord says to rejoice! They fall at Jesus' feet and worship--they also grab on to Him--clasp Him. This passage stresses how seeking after Jesus with one's whole heart, obedience, encountering the risen Christ, worship and joy are linked. These women were following Jesus wherever He went to care for His needs--even in His death. They were seeking Him and being obedient with their whole hearts. Look what the result was--an encounter with the risen Christ. Their reaction was to fall at Jesus' feet in worship and joy. John has a similar reaction when he encounters the living Lord.
Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands; and in the middle of the lampstands I saw one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His chest with a golden sash. His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire. His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been made to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters. In His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength. When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man And He placed His right hand on me, saying, "Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades. (Revelation 1:12-18)
Is it a coincidence that John "the Beloved" is distinguished as "the disciple whom Jesus loved" (John 21:20); or that it was to his care that our Lord trusted His mother, in those last hours of anguish upon the cross (John 19:26-27)? John had the same heart as the group of women who followed Jesus to care for His needs, the heart of the dove, Christ's beloved. This heart of the dove is also revealed by Mary in this passage.
Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived at Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus' honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, Why wasn't this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year's wages. He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. "Leave her alone," Jesus replied. It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me. (John 12:1-7)
In Mark's account, Jesus said, "She has done a beautiful thing to me" (Mark 14:6). If only we could anoint Him through our praise like that! Notice the intensity with which Mary anointed Jesus--the oil was more than a year's wages. This heart of a dove, this singleness of focus on Jesus is also revealed in the Song of Solomon, again the image of a dove is used.
The bride has the eyes of a dove. When a dove fixes its gaze upon its mate, it is not distracted by any activities around it. It possesses a singleness of eye for its mate alone. The bride has eyes for Christ alone. This gives the bride a spiritual awareness and commitment which lifts her above the pulls of the earth. The bride is sensitive to the Lord's presence, and obedient to His desire and purpose. This comes from continually beholding the bridegroom. David knew this singleness of mind, this intense desire to behold the Lord. Like the group of women and John, he also had the heart of a dove.
One thing I have desired of the LORD, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in His temple. (Psalm 27:4)
The Lord's favor rests upon the bride, upon the one who seeks to behold His beauty. The bride can be easily led by Him, for she is close enough to see which way His eye is looking.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. (Psalm 32:8)
This continued beholding of the bridegroom also results in the stripping away of the veil, revealing the Lord's glory. The bride is transformed in Christ's likeness with ever-increasing glory. The more the bride is transformed, the more she reflects the eyes of her lover, the eyes of the dove, and the heart of the dove. The gaze of the bride challenges anyone who sees it to also turn to the Lord, to behold Him and receive His Spirit.
But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is stripped off and taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:16-18)
This idea fits with the "beautiful thing" Mary did, in anointing Jesus' feet with oil, not only was Jesus praised but the expensive perfume, the sweet scent filled the whole house.
How intense is your worship? How hard are you seeking His presence, to behold His beauty, to do His will? Do you worship with the heart of a dove? Is the fragrance strong enough to fill the whole house; the whole earth?
...the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14)
Fall at His Feet Karen Holland
The expensive perfume poured out Poured out at Jesus' feet Poured out from a broken vessel An offering A pleasing sacrifice Let it rise The fragrance so strong Strong enough to fill the whole house A sweet incense Let it burn Fall at His feet The Risen and Exalted Christ Clasp His feet
Feel the touch of His hand His gracious right hand placed upon His dove
Arise my dove, my beautiful one Come, reveal your face
Arise from the clefts of the Rock Come let your voice be heard For your voice is sweet Your face so lovely Shining, shining, for all to see, for all to hear.
Come, the Spirit and the Bride say Come!
Feel the touch of His hand His gracious right hand As blossoms bloom and give forth their fragrance To the song of His beloved dove so sweet Come and drink Come, fall at His feet.
My beloved responded and said to me, Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, And come along. For behold, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone. The flowers have already appeared in the land; The time has arrived for pruning the vines, And the voice of the turtledove has been heard in our land. The fig tree has ripened its figs, And the vines in blossom have given forth their fragrance. Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, And come along! O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, In the secret place of the steep pathway, Let me see your form, Let me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet, And your form is lovely. (Song of Solomon 2:10-14)
The Spirit and the bride say, Come! And let him who hears say, Come! Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. (Revelation 22:17)
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:1-2)
by Karen Holland
My Dove, My Bride
My Dove, my bride
Let your heart be prepared Come,
come with child like faith in all humility
Bow before your king
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see.
A living sacrifice, a pleasing offering
A broken and contrite heart ready, waiting
A steadfast spirit renewed within
A willing spirit upheld, sustained.
A heart in complete surrender
Washed in the word and made clean
Spotless without stain
Clothed in white Pure and holy My Dove,
"Arise beautiful one and come with me".
Karen Holland ... 5-9-2007
Song for the Bride
I have longed to hold you in my arms
And take all of your fear away
I will take your filthy rags and make them clean
If you will receive
My love If you will receive My love
Return to Me and hear My Spirit say
In repentance and rest is your salvation
In quietness and trust is your strength
Jezus wil het beste voor Zijn bruid
Het moet het hart van de Heer breken wanneer we twijfelen aan Zijn kunnen en verlangen om het beste voor ons te doen! De Bijbel vertelt ons heel duidelijk hoe de Heer op een prachtige en uiterst nauwgezette manier Hij Ruth verzorgde. Ruth verklaarde aan God haar liefde en vertelde aan Naomi, haar schoonmoeder: “uw volk is mijn volk en uw God is mijn God” (Ruth 1:16)
God hield van Ruth en opende iedere deur voor haar. Ze was arm en moest werken op de velden, maar de Schrift zegt “bij geval trof zij het stuk land van Boaz” (Ruth 2:3). Het bestaat niet dat dit “zomaar gebeurde”, het was door toedoen van de Heer want Hij wist wat het beste was voor Ruth!
Ruth hield simpelweg van de Heer – ze legde al haar vertrouwen op Hem – en God had een rijke man voor haar voorbereid om haar echtgenoot te worden! Boaz zag Ruth in de velden en zag ogenblikkelijk “Zij is anders, compleet anders”, zijn hart werd gevangen!
Wat een liefdesverhaal en wat een ongelooflijke omstandigheden waar dit allemaal in plaatsvond. Ruth trouwde met deze godvruchtige man, en als de Heer dat doet voor Ruth zal Hij dit dan ook niet doen voor Zijn eigen bruid, in iedere omstandigheid?
We hebben Iemand die rijker en machtiger is als Boaz. Hij bezit een kudde die een gebied van wel duizend heuvels beslaat. Hij weet alles en kan alles en Hij houd van Zijn bruid! Ja, de Heer werkt alles ten goede voor u uit in uw leven. En Hij vind hier veel vreugde in.
Zelfs in lijden en beproevingen ontvangt iedere geliefde van Jezus Zijn volledige aandacht! Maar triest genoeg vinden we hier geen rust in. We twijfelen of Hij wel ten alle tijde aan het werk is, om alles te doen meewerken ten goede.
Geliefden, er is niets dat Zijn hart nog erger kan breken! Paulus beschrijft de bruid van Christus als een glorieuze gemeente zonder vlek of rimpel (Efeziërs 5:27). “Rimpel” betekent hier een rimpel zoals op iemands gezicht – een gerimpelde wenkbrouw. Dit spreekt over zorgen en piekeren en Paulus zegt dat Jezus’ bruid geen enkele rimpel van zorg op haar gezicht heeft.
De bruid van Christus rust in Zijn liefde. Ze is ervan overtuigd dat Hij weet waar ze is, hoe ze zich voelt, waar ze doorheen gaat en wat het beste is voor haar. Zijn liefde voor haar schenkt haar vrede en rust. Ze weet dat Hij niets zal toestaan dat haar van Hem zal afsnijden of haar zal pijnigen. Hij zal haar bewaren omdat Hij heeft gezegd “Zij behoort mij toe!”.
"Let us rejoice and be glad!
Let us give him the glory!
For the time has come for the wedding of the Lamb,
and his Bride has prepared herself —
fine linen, bright and clean has been given her to wear.”
And the Spirit and the bride say, Come.
And the Spirit and the bride say, Come.
And let him that heareth say,
And let him that is athirst come.
And whosoever will,
let him take the water of life freely.
The Voice of my Beloved
"The voice of my Beloved! behold, He cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills." Song of Solomon 2:8 Most of the time we hear the voice of our beloved Bridegroom as a still, small voice, giving us the witness of the Holy Spirit that He wants us to draw apart with Him into the secret place, or to reassure us of His love for us, or to give us direction.
Jesus, our Lord, has many things to say to us, just as He told the disciples that He had many things yet to say to them, but, He added that they were not ready yet to hear all of His words. Personally, I believe that it will take all of eternity for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords to say all He has to tell us, and, as you know, eternity never ends. In Him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:3
We must remember, also, that when the Lord speaks to a number of people at one time, He may not be addressing everyone in that group in that instance. His first assignment, when He pitched His tent beside us, was to the whole house of Israel. When Jesus called the twelve disciples, He did not speak to every Jewish man in Israel, asking them to accompany Him in His earthly ministry and follow Him even to their death. To the Mount of Transfiguration, Jesus took only Peter, James, and John, not the twelve. We, as believers, are individuals to Him, and we are not to be concerned about what the Lord may be saying to someone else and not to us at the time. When He has something to say to us individually, He speaks directly to us with exactly the right words. He knows the number of hairs on our heads, even after we brush or comb our hair. He knows our addresses and telephone numbers, and He loves us with His Life. Aren't you glad?
The communication with Jesus through the Holy Spirit which we have been discussing is that personal communion which we have with Him. It should be noted that Scripture is for everyone. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness." 2 Timothy 3:16 Scripture is the "logos" Word, or the written Word, while "rhema" is the spoken Word. It is God speaking to you a "now" word. The rhema Word will always agree with the logos Word. The Lord says that He exalts His Word above His Name. He does speak personally to us as our Father, Lord, and Comforter, and His words are always in agreement.
In the Song of Solomon 2:8, the excitement is electric as the Bride hears the voice of the Beloved. An exclamation point punctuates the phrase in every translation, as the bride hears His returning shout. Her joy is similar to that which is felt when a loved one, who has been gone for a long time, returns. When our children were very small, upon hearing my husband's car in the driveway, after work, they cried out, "Daddy's home!" They were overjoyed! Of course, I was very glad to see him, too.
The Bride of Christ has waited for the Bridegroom, Jesus, to return for two thousand years. "For yet a little while, and He that shall come will come, and will not tarry." Hebrews 10:37 A day with the Lord is as a thousand years, in God's time, and the angels said, "This same Jesus shall come again in like manner as you have seen Him go into heaven." Acts 1:11 His head is wet with the dew of the long two thousand year night. Song of Solomon 5:2
The bride has waited expectantly for Him, and His friends are shouting from the streets, "Behold, the bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet Him." The bride has her dress ready, without spot, wrinkle, or blemish, by the washing of the water of the Word, and she has her lamp full of oil, for she knows that there will not be time to go and buy oil at His sudden return. "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal (body) must put on immortality." 1 Cor. 15:52 "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is." 1 John 3:2
Images of great joy pervade the verse which speaks of the bride's excitement at the voice of the Beloved. He comes, "leaping upon the mountains and skipping upon the hills," which show the joy unspeakable of Jesus at His return for the bride, who will be by His side throughout time and eternity.
Jesus will be leaping upon the mountains when He comes to establish His Kingdom on the mountains, also known as nations in scripture, at the end of the age. Following the seven years of the tribulation period, the bride will be returning with Jesus on white horses to set up His Kingdom for His Millennial Reign. "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself. And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His Name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a Name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS." Revelation 19:11-16 The rule of the antichrist will come to a sudden halt when Jesus returns at the Second Coming. We, as His saints, will have been in heaven with Jesus for seven years, while the tribulation period, spoken of by Daniel, Matthew, Luke, Ezekiel, and most importantly, Jesus, Himself, is accomplished. We will be hidden away with Him from this hour of temptation in our Father's house, which He has been preparing for us since Jesus ascended into heaven after His resurrection.
In the parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25, the wise virgins' lamps were trimmed and full of oil, they were dressed in their wedding garments, and they were awake spiritually, anticipating the Bridegroom's coming. The psalmist tells us that the spirit of man is the candle or lamp of the Lord. Proverbs 20:27 In other words, our spirits or hearts, are the lamps through which Jesus shines from our lives. If the wick of a lamp or candle is not trimmed, the light which shines is not as bright as it should be, and the wick will give off smoke or impurities into the air.
This is a concept which is rarely considered, even in the church. "Out of the heart, the mouth speaks," the Word of God says. Luke 6:45 The analogy of the trimmed wicks of the lamps, then, can only be interpreted as having "trimmed" tongues, being watchful of our words. This is a lesson which all of us, as Christians, need to heed, trusting the Holy Spirit to help us to speak the truth in love.
When Jesus comes back, leaping upon the mountains and skipping upon the hills, the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ. Jesus told the Church of Philadelphia in Rev. 3:10-12, "Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation (also translated "tribulation)," which shall come upon all the world to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold fast that which thou hast, that no man take thy crown...Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out; and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is New Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God; and I will write upon him my new name, He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches."
"Philadelphia" means "brotherly love." Of the seven churches of Revelation, the church of Philadelphia was the only one which Jesus did not rebuke. He said, "All men shall know you are my disciples because of your love for the brethren." As we remain watchful and waiting for Him, with our wedding garments washed white and clean with the water of the Word (Eph. 5:26-27), keeping our lamps full of the oil of the Holy Spirit, and the wicks trimmed, loving our brothers and sisters in Christ, Jesus will keep us from the seven year period of the tribulation here on earth while the antichrist is in power. It is His promise of grace and protection. (This seven year period is also known as Daniel's seventieth week, or the seven years which the children of Israel did not remain in Babylonian exile).
However, if we choose to stray from the Lord, get into rebellion against God, and become lifted up with pride, our garments will be soiled, our lamps will be dark, and our hearts will be empty of love for our brothers and sisters. Actually, this is a picture of the Laodicean church to whom Jesus speaks in Rev. 3:14-22. He addresses the Laodicean church, which will be made up of backslidden Christians who later repent and return to the Lord, and multitudes of sinners who will be saved during the tribulation. Those in the Laodicean church will become serious with the Lord suddenly. It has been said many times by many men of God, that on the Sunday following the Rapture, every church in America will be filled to overflowing. This will probably be true in other nations, too. Multitudes will be saved during this time, but the waiting bride has already been caught up to meet the Lord in the air. Of those who are left behind, many will be required to die for their faith, according to the scriptures. The tribulation period is a different dispensation, although, grace will continue to be extended to whosoeverwill, but during that dispensation, many will die for their faith. It is a good thing that it only lasts for seven years.
Some of these words may seem hard to hear, but the Lord loves us enough to warn us of impending danger, just as a loving husband warns his wife or children of peril. You wouldn't let your child run out in front of an oncoming car or train. Staying with the Master, abiding in Him, dwelling in the secret place of the Most High is the most wonderful thing we can do, and we will be forever safe in Him. "The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the Everlasting Arms...Deut. 33:27 The Blood that saved us has the Power to Keep us as we abide in Him.
Come quickly, Lord Jesus!
In the Cleft of the Rock
Betty Seiley Jul 14, 2005
Oh, My Precious One, My Church, My Bride! How I do love thee! You were taken from My Riven Side, near My Heart, and there you will forever be! And, yet, you stand by My Side, on My Right Hand, dressed in the gold of Ophir, the finest gold to be found anywhere. For your dress is woven of tapestries of golden threads, the threads of our sweet communion, our fellowship, our joy, and our love. You have come into My Presence numerous times, and each time a new thread of gold has been spun with which to weave your golden dress.
You have forsaken all for Me, even forgetting thine own people, those who do not follow Me, to go with Me. They will be given opportunity to follow as they see Me in you. Your devotion and faithfulness will surely be rewarded. The King greatly desires your beauty of spirit and soul; worship thou Him! I am not One Who forgets My promises to you. I am a covenant-keeping God, even to a thousand generations.
O My dove, you are hidden in the Cleft of the Rock, in the secret places of the stairs, my towers. You are the apple of My Eye, and you are always under the shelter of My wing. Underneath are the everlasting arms of the eternal God, Who is your refuge. I will thrust out the enemy from your presence, for he has nothing in you. You are Mine, and I guard you with My fierce love for you, dispatching bands of mighty warrior angels to keep watch over you, lest you dash your foot against a stone. Your reverential fear and deep love for Me will never go unnoticed.
I abide in you, as you abide in Me. I have come to take up residence in your heart, and no man can snatch you out of My Father's hand. I am your Lord, your Savior, your Healer, your Baptizer, your Friend, your Provider, your Deliverer, your Peace, your Rest, your Joy, your All in All! I am your Everything! I am your Jubilee! I have set you free from all the bondage of the evil one! Fear no evil, for I am with thee!
Walk in My humility, My grace, My longsuffering, My love, My Word, My service, My worship, walk in Me! I am ever with you, and you are ever with Me! says the Lord.
The Bride and the Bridegroom
[A conversation between the Bride (us)and the Bridegroom (Jesus)
Your love paid a costly price, to remove my sin and shame.
For complete wholeness of my being, Your stripes I now claim.
There are self and man-made walls surrounding me now.
But I agree with Your Heart, that they come tumbling down.
You counted the cost, and with Me you did wrestle;
‘Til My truths were written on your heart, My priceless vessel.
Can you hear the distant sound of a heavenly choir?
The Truth within is alive, and it’s calling you higher.
I have no words, my Lord, so hear my spirit contending.
See the restlessness, the stirrings, in the fiber of my being.
I hear You whisper, “It’s going to take a leap of faith—
Just take the next step, and you’ll begin to see the path.”
Come My beloved, quench your thirst at My fountain.
Feel the pull, the draw, to come up to My mountain.
The invitation has been given – to in Me – abide.
Heaven kissing earth in you – My beautiful bride.
You beckon me Lord, to steal away with You —
To hidden chambers where You make everything new.
Assuringly, You speak of love that will never depart.
While You gently peel back the layers of my heart.
You long to know Me fully – press deeper into My Heart.
But to know the One you love – you must know who you really are.
Bathed in My Holy Light – you see your blackened condition.
Though outward weakness appears – pure within are your intentions.
I draw all that I need in the presence of Your love.
Experiencing You in fleeting moments is no longer enough.
Crying out from the depths of my being, words I don’t understand.
Eyes fixed on Your lovely face, bypassing what’s in Your Hand.
You who runs swiftly – to the ‘All’ that will make you complete —
Whose tender heart desires to beat, in time with My own heartbeat.
I give you My gifts – but for more of Me, you gently lay them aside.
To one who loves Me such as this, My Heart I will surely confide.
Bruid van Jezus
Zij waren van u, maar u hebt hen aan mij gegeven. Johannes 17:6b
Midden in de wereldgeschiedenis speelt zich een romance af van goddelijke omvang.
God de Vader schenkt zijn Zoon een bruid. Gods volk, de gemeente die God toebehoort, wordt aan Jezus gegeven.
Jezus heeft met zijn kruisdood alle mensen opgeëist voor God. Mensen die voor Hem kiezen en hun plaats in Hem vinden, biedt Hij heilig en zuiver aan de Vader aan. Met het verzoek te mogen trouwen. En God gaat daarop in, omdat Hij deze bruid helemaal kan aanvaarden. Jezus heeft ervoor gezorgd dat Hij zijn bruid zuiver en heilig aan de Vader kon aanbieden, om haar helemaal goedgekeurd (gerechtvaardigd) terug te krijgen.
In Johannes 17 kun je hierover een intiem gesprek volgen. De Zoon heeft zich geheiligd voor zijn bruid en zijn bruid geheiligd voor zichzelf. ‘Ik heb mij geheiligd omwille van hen, zo zullen ook zij door de waarheid geheiligd zijn’ (vers 19).
Het gaat om een bruid die er eeuwig voor haar Bruidegom zal zijn. ‘Hij heeft van u macht over alle mensen ontvangen, de macht om iedereen die u hem gegeven hebt het eeuwige leven te schenken,’ zegt Jezus (vers 2).
Deze mensen, zijn gemeente, heeft Hij met zijn Vader laten kennismaken: ‘Ik heb aan de mensen die u mij uit de wereld gegeven hebt uw naam bekendgemaakt’. Vervolgens heeft God als Vader zijn naam aan deze mensen verbonden en als bruid teruggeven aan Jezus. ‘Zij waren van u,’ zegt Jezus, ‘maar u hebt hen aan mij gegeven’. Het zijn de mensen die God op zijn Woord geloven: ‘Ze hebben uw woord bewaard’ (vers 6).
Jezus bidt dat er een heilige eenheid zal zijn tussen de Vader, Hem en hen. ‘Laat hen allen één zijn, Vader. Zoals u in mij bent en ik in u, laat hen zo ook in ons zijn’ (vers 21). Het is zijn gebed om een bruiloft.
God de Vader brengt de hemelse liefde terug op aarde. Hij verhoort het gebed van zijn Zoon en verbindt ons als bruid met Jezus en met elkaar.
Tip – De gemeente weleens met die ogen bekeken? God doet niet anders!
Door: Willem de Vink
Behold Your Bride
Beloved Lord, behold your bride, broken, tired and gray. How could you wed a man like this, who threw so many years away ?
No virgin bride in any way, seduced by pleasures, lust and sin, I come to you with broken heart, Oh husband let me in...
Unclean, impure, before the groom, I long for your embrace. Consumed by shame, destroyed by guilt, I cannot look into your face.
Oh tell me Lord, can I be cleansed ? and if so at what cost. Can even you heal innocence, so long stolen, so long lost ?
A worthy bride comes at a price, but who would pay for one like me ? You've paid the price ? No further cost ? Oh love, how can this be ?
With your own flesh, with your own blood, yea, with your very life... Is it thus that I must be, a widow ere a wife.
But no, these are much different vows, for not by death are we to part. But by the death of sin and flesh, were joined together heart to heart.
The wedding table thus is set, the sacrifice becomes the feast. A marriage for eternity, The Greatest to the least.
Oh Lord, A man I come to you, and yet a trembling bride. My heart would sing my love for you, my lips the same confide.
But it is not my love for you which brings forth all my tears. But rather that you first loved me, And cast out all my fears.
by Daniel Faulkner Anno Domini 1999