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Daily Devotions – The eternal wedding

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Psalm 45 NIV
For the director of music. To the tune of “Lilies.” Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil. A wedding song.
1 My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. 2 You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace since God has blessed you forever. 3 Gird your sword on your side, you mighty one;
clothe yourself with splendor and majesty. 4 In your majesty ride forth victoriously in the cause of truth, humility, and justice; let your right hand achieve awesome deeds. 5 Let your sharp arrows pierce the hearts of the king’s enemies; let the nations fall beneath your feet. 6 Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. 7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness;
therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy. 8 All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia; from palaces adorned with ivory the music of the strings makes you glad. 9 Daughters of kings are among your honored women; at your right hand is the royal bride in gold of Ophir. 10 Listen, daughter, and pay careful attention: Forget your people and your father’s house. 11 Let the king be enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord. 12 The city of Tyre will come with a gift, people of wealth will seek your favor. 13 All glorious is the princess within her chamber; her gown is interwoven with gold. 14 In embroidered garments she is led to the king; her virgin companions follow her— those brought to be with her. 15 Led in with joy and gladness, they enter the palace of the king. 16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers; you will make them princes throughout the land. 17 I will perpetuate your memory through all generations; therefore the nations will praise you forever and ever.

 

What was the most extravagant wedding you ever attended?

 

Beautiful Jesus, You are the anointed King and Messiah. In your majesty, Jesus, my King, ride forth victoriously on behalf of truth, humility, and righteousness. In Your splendor, Your hand displays awesome deeds. You love righteousness and hate wickedness. You pierce the hearts of Your enemies. Let the nations fall beneath your feet. Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever. Lord, You are enthralled by the beauty of Your bride, the church. As Your bride, let the church honor You, our Lord. Let our hearts be stirred and let us praise You forever. Help the church be faithful and pure. I pray that the church honors You as Lord. I pray that Your love shines through Your bride as gold shining in the sun. Lead us in joy and gladness to Your eternal kingdom. By Your mercy and grace, we will sit at Your table and celebrate the wedding feast for eternity. Lord, Jesus, through my worship, help me to perpetuate Your memory through all generations so that all nations will praise you forever and ever. Amen