There are parts of the Bible that, as a guy, used to “weird me out.” If you’re a lady, I’m sure it’s the same feeling from your perspective. In the last article in this series “What Is a Christian?” we explored how God identifies Christians as witnesses, and we retold mythical tales of dragons and devils and battles and persecution and standing by faith in Christ to the death. Bible stories for manly men! That was last time. In this article we’re going to enter a dream world of what is traditionally considered girl-stuff. Royal weddings, dashing grooms, brides that turn heads, and happily-ever-afters. But Scripture, the one book inspired by God and useful for everything you need for life and godliness, has a way of presenting its material, whether traditionally masculine or feminine, that ministers to every human heart. Whoever you are or whatever your particular dreams, surely you’ve felt the heartache of love where hope and disappointment collide.
Maybe your hopes have been crushed by a disappointment that sounds something like this. “A storybook wedding and marriage made in heaven sounds wonderful, but I don’t feel very worthy of one. Will ‘lonely ol’ me’ ever be chosen for such honor and glory, or is the dream too good to be true?” Wounds of a lonely or broken heart can either be hopelessly covered over or dressed for healing. My prayer is you’ll gingerly uncover your heart today. Take the risk to expose yourself to the message of Psalm 45, asking God for healing and for faith to believe your dreams for love will someday come true. As we’ll see upon a close reading of this song, God’s all-majestic bridegroom-king will be crowned with the surpassing glory of his princess-bride and receive “wedding gifts” that promise enduring fame, sons to rule in his kingdom, and a worldwide legacy. Bow to the heavenly bridegroom King Jesus and glorify him as your betrothed husband and Lord.
This is no Disney-fied wedding story where the girl is the central character, the movie heroine, with the guy not much more than a supporting actor. With the surge in what I call “Disney Princess wedding syndrome” comes the $60 billion wedding industry that overwhelmingly caters to the bride’s dream to be the star of her day.
Now, please don’t label me a chauvinistic crank. I’ve been to many awesome weddings—the bride always looked glorious and the groom always looked like a regular dude who just got lucky. All those weddings were great and a lot of fun, and often explicitly God-honoring. All I’m saying is that a biblical wedding, a wedding that closely mirrors Christian themes in all its aspects, would be a strange, dare I say offensive event today. That’s regrettable because the Bible’s wedding vision is best. For Christians, we should take our cues for evaluating everything in life, including wedding ceremonies, from the Bible. Where the Bible’s teaching feels oddly inappropriate, it is critiquing us as people shaped in specific ways where our culture is fallen, so we might reform our cultural sensibilities according to God’s view. And so it is with this strange but beautiful wedding song. Continue reading