The promise was written TO them . . . but it was also written FOR us. As, through the prophet Isaiah, God tells His ancient people of what awaits them and what He thinks of them, there is application to how God views the people of His kingdom even now. As I’m reading Isaiah 62, there is insight into the heart of God for the people called His own. Just call us His Delight!
. . . and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will give. You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate, but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; for the LORD delights in you, and your land shall be married. For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your sons marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.
(Isaiah 62:2b-5 ESV)
The prophecy concerns Zion . . . it is the foretelling of the future restoration and glory of Jerusalem. And it’s not just about bricks and mortar of Jerusalem . . . but about its inhabitants, the redeemed people of the LORD, those who dwell in Zion, the place where the people of earth and the glory of God meet.
Is it too much then to make application to God’s present people, the church? Those who have “come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering” (Heb. 12:22)? I’m thinking not.
So I read this portion and take it personally . . . very personally. Called by a new name . . . considered a stone in the crown of beauty in the LORD’s hand. No longer forsaken . . . no longer desolate. But betrothed to another . . . the One who will one day present us to Himself as His bride. A member of the bride of Christ, she who is also called My Delight Is in Her . . . for the LORD delights in you.
That the LORD would delight in His people and, by extension, me, has caused me to pause and reflect this morning. That He would rejoice over His beloved betrothed, and, by association, me, has caused a sense of wonder and awe to settle.
Behold Your God! Taking pleasure in a people who were once not a people. Rejoicing over sinners who, by the blood of Christ, have been declared saints. If God experiences “eager anticipation,” eagerly anticipating that day when those who have been declared perfect through the finished work of Christ are presented to Himself perfect in the very presence of Christ. And so He rejoices . . . and in us, He delights.
Not because of who I am. Nor because of what I’ve done, or will do. But because of His grace-driven determination to redeem a people for Himself and make for Himself a people declared righteous in Christ . . . a people being made righteous through the Spirit . . . a people who will be righteous when, one day, they enter His presence.
Until then, we rejoice in Him who rejoices over us. We delight in Him, who delights over us!
By His grace . . . for His glory!
I will greatly rejoice in the LORD;
my soul shall exult in my God,
for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation;
He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. (Isaiah 61:10 ESV)