You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, Nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate; But you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; For the Lord delights in you, And your land shall be married. (Isiah 62:4 NKJV)
I just love a good wedding. I’m not talking about the food or venue, but rather witnessing two people who have – in a mature decision – stood before witnesses vowing to die to self and become one.
Sigh. So romantic and full of hope!
In the story, The Pilgrim's Progress, there was a place called Beulah – a land of heavenly joy where pilgrims would tarry until they were summoned to enter the celestial City, the Paradise before the resurrection.
When I read the passage in Isaiah or sing the old Hymn, Dwelling in Beulah Land, my mind is filled with memories of times of sweet worship. Some people refer to these intimate moments as mountain top experiences when we are so enraptured with His presence that we are temporarily removed from the cares of this world.
Much like a bride on her wedding day who’s so focused on her groom, she’s totally unaware of everything else around her. The drama of missing flower arrangements, tiered wedding cakes melting in the sun, and late limos are all forgotten as she stands, hands clasping her groom’s, lost in the depth of love in his eyes, she vows to cleave only unto him.
I’m living on the mountain, underneath a cloudless sky,
I’m drinking at the fountain that never shall run dry;
O yes, I’m feasting on the manna from a bountiful supply,
For I am dwelling in Beulah Land.
No longer forsaken, we are loved and married.
He’s calling us to live that out. To cleave ourselves to Him, keeping our eyes focused on Him, remembering how He has proven His love to us on the cross, and receiving His affection as we walk with Him daily.
Oh Lord, that we would grasp the depth of Your love and Your call to enter into Beulah land daily. To walk with You so closely, that the cares of this world would dim. Holy Spirit, fill us today with Your presence!