|He is Faithful that Promised.|
|And I will betroth thee unto Me for ever.| -- HOSEA ii.19.
How wondrous and varied are the figures which Jesus employs to express the tenderness of His covenant love! My soul! thy Saviour-God hath |married thee!| Wouldst thou know the hour of thy betrothment? Go back into the depths of a by-past eternity, before the world was; then and there, thine espousals were contracted: |I have loved thee with an everlasting love.| Soon shall the bridal-hour arrive, when thine absent Lord shall come to welcome His betrothed bride into His royal palace. |The Bridegroom tarrieth;| but see that thou dost not slumber and sleep! Surely there is much all around demanding the girded loins and the burning lamps. At |midnight!| (the hour when He is least expected) the cry may be -- shall be heard, -- |Behold, the Bridegroom cometh!| My soul! has this mystic union been formed between thee and thy Lord? Canst thou say, in humble assurance of thine affiance in Him, |My beloved is mine, and I am His!| If so, great, unspeakably great, are the glories which await thee! Thy dowry, as the bride of Christ, is all that Omnipotence can bestow, and all that a feeble creature can receive. In the prospect of those glorious nuptials, thou needest dread no pang of widowhood. What God has joined together, no created power can take asunder; He betroths thee, and it is |for ever!|
|REMEMBER THIS WORD UNTO THY SERVANT, UPON
WHICH THOU HAST CAUSED ME TO HOPE!|