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Discover the Book - August 7, 2013

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Your Beloved Bridegroom

"For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ."

-2 Corinthians 11:2, emphasis added    

As you worship Jesus you will discover what it means to experience Him, for He is wonderful, glorious, and He is your Beloved Bridegroom! As you start in the process of worshiping Him, I encourage you to sit still before Him in front of His awesome majesty, for He says to you: "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth" (Psalm 46:10, NIV).

Start your worship silently before the majesty of our Lord on high: "The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him" (Habakkuk 2:20, NIV).

As you comprehend even a fraction of who He is, and how utterly magnificent He is, stop again in awe, with wondrous reverence and sheer delight. Think of the magnitude of His power, might, and infinitude. Agree with the psalmist who said, "Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere him" (Psalm 33:8, NIV). Honor the Lord for who He is, for how greatly He is to be praised, and how He is infinitely above all that is mundane-and yet He condescends to us of low degree to meet with us. Hallelujah!

As you linger in the glow of His presence, your lack of holiness should become painfully revealed: "For this is what the high and lofty One says-he who lives forever, whose name is holy: ‘I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite' " (Isaiah 57:15, NIV).

Are you experiencing a pang of hunger for Christ yet? Do you desire to know Him, love Him, and adore Him more and more? Your heart should be filling up with wonder and gratitude for even the chance to have this moment. And your heart, like the psalmist's, should echo: "O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water" (Psalm 63:1, NIV).

Awash with wonder by now, you should be feeling the sheer delight of a new hope as He begins to flood your soul with His response of bearing away the deadening load of your sin. If you feel the burden lifted, the stains removed, the coldness warmed, and the emptiness filled, you are experiencing your God. So go ahead and boldly ask Him: "One thing I ask of the Lord . . . : that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple" (Psalm 27:4, NIV).

The whole Book of Revelation expounds upon that temple in which you can worship the Lord. In His Revelation you will discover that you can: worship Jesus for His majesty (Revelation 1); worship Jesus for His message (Revelation 2-3); worship Jesus for His mission (Revelation 4-19); and worship Jesus for His mansions (Revelation 20-22).

So worship Jesus throughout Revelation by experiencing your wonderful, glorious, and Beloved Bridegroom!

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