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Summary: The groom’s happiness is focused on the bride. The bride has his full attention.

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Introduction…

A very interesting Scripture introducing to us this person by the name Lucifer, son of the morning, gives us insight into the person behind all of our problems and troubles.

Isaiah 14:12-14

Compare this to what we read in…Genesis 1:26-27

Here is the reason why Lucifer, or the devil, hates mankind. He believes mankind has taken his rightful place in the kingdom of God.

One of the great verses in the New Testament is Revelation 4:11

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

The key phrase here is “and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

Have you ever stopped to think that the purpose of your life is to bring pleasure to God?

We sometimes have it the other way around. We believe God exists to give us pleasure and blessing and whatever else we want at the snap of our fingers.

God’s delight is in his people.

The fall in the Garden of Eden brought the depravity upon humanity that took away God’s pleasure. It was Christ dying on the cross that reversed that depravity and brings us back into the pleasure of God.

Lucifer will do anything within his power to come between God and us. For us who are believers, the one who stands between Lucifer and us is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. That stand, I believe, is a defiant stand.

If I could only see what God sees when he looks at me, I would experience joy unspeakable and full of glory.

My problem is I have bought into the devil’s lie and believe that God is an angry God just looking for an opportunity to pounce upon me. Nothing could be further from the truth. When Lucifer sees this amazing relationship that I have with God, he is filled with jealousy and will do anything he can to undermine that.

The groom’s happiness is focused on the bride. The bride has his full attention.

This passage before us, Song of Solomon 7:1-9, can be summed up quite nicely in verse 6.

“How beautiful and how pleasing you are, my love! How happy you make me!”

For me to grasp this is to come into an understanding that goes beyond reason or logic, of the kind of relationship the groom desires with the bride.

The great joy of my life is giving God what he desires and what he wants out of me. The idea that I mean that much to God is beyond human comprehension.

In order to get to this and understand it fully there are three aspects of this that we need to understand.

I. The Spirit of Apprehension

Once I come into the family of God through the Lord Jesus Christ, I need to deal with certain apprehensions.

I believe that God forgives me, but I have a hard time believing that he forgets my past.

Jeremiah 31:34

And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

Hebrews 8:12

For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.


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