You shall be sa crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,
and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
and your land shall no more be termed Desolate,2
and your land Married;4
for the Lord delights in you,
and your land shall be married.
5 For as a young man marries a young woman,
so wshall your sons marry you,
and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
so xshall your God rejoice over you.
(Isaiah 62:3-5 ESV)
My devotions brought me to read this passage about how the LORD will renew the land of Israel and the city of Jersulaem after letting Assyria and Babylon take his covenant people into captivity. At first, his people felt his great displeasure for the many transgressions that they have committed against him, but now he seeks to draw near to them and delight in them.
I find this imagery of marriage very helpful in my assessment of who I perceive God to be. It is a good question to ask yourself: What do you think about when you think about God? Is he like a boss that you report to, perform actions so you can gain his approval and promotion? Is he stand-offish and indifferent to your actions and well-being? Is he a father that only gets involved with his children when they get in trouble?
But here in Isaiah, we get a different picture of God. The LORD is not a God who is far removed from his creation, nor is he a God who strictly punishes evil and rewards good. Rather, he is a God who is intensely and directly involved with his people, even delighting in them.
He delights in us, even in spite of the sins that we commit against Him. We do not earn God’s love and delight, but rather he already delights in us, in spite of our sins. Not only does He love us at our worst, but He personally takes steps to transform and enable us to enjoy His delight in us.
In light of such astounding truth, it is the more horrifying that we, like the ancient people of Israel, should pursue idols that could never love us the way God Himself loves us.
I have heard one pastor mention that lust occurs when knowledge of God is lacking. This knowledge of God is not simply head knowledge but a genuine delight in the fact of the things that all God is for us is revealed in His Son, Jesus Christ.
So in a sense, lust is a fruit that comes from the deeper root that we are not delighting in God as we ought to be. We are not recognizing and experiencing the love of God that God, Himself, already shows us and is still showing us to this day.
So in a sense, theology is very important, because your understanding of God will deeply affect your ability to worship Him. Thankfully, we are able to ask God Himself for help in this matter of knowing Him better and truly.