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The Queen in Gold! The Bride Of Christ
AUTHOR: Wilkerson, David
PUBLISHED ON: April 8, 2003
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Times Square Church Pulpit Series
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The Queen in Gold!
The Bride of Christ

  By David Wilkerson
  March 13, 1995

  The 45th Psalm provides us with a beautiful picture of Christ
and His bride. A great marriage is about to take place, and the
writer is “boiling over” with ecstasy and excitement:

    *********************************************
      “My heart is inditing [boiling over] a good
    matter…” (Psalm 45:1).
    *********************************************

  The psalmist can hardly contain himself. He is trying to
describe something he sees in his mind’s eye – an incredible
ceremony, with a grand and glorious Bridegroom and a beautiful
bride dressed in gold!

  Several years ago, the entire world was mesmerized by the royal
wedding in England. Millions around the globe were glued to TV
sets as Princess Diana and Prince Charles were married. It was
one of the most glamorous and celebrated of weddings in modern
history.

  TV networks had “color commentators” who described every detail
of the proceedings. News clips showed the princely, regal life of
Charles – his polo matches, his duties as prince, and his
inheritance as the next king of England – his throne, his riches,
his palace.

  The commentators also described in exquisite detail everything
about Princess Di. And the picture was incredible: her hairstyle,
her royal gown, her retinue, her shoes, her ornaments, her ring,
her flowers, her royal carriage. Even during the wedding
ceremony, as the couple stood together at the altar, a
commentator whispered details into a microphone: “Isn’t she
beautiful? Look at her shoes, her flowers…”

  It was romantic, breathtaking – a prince and a princess united
in holy marriage “until death do part.” People all over the globe
wept at the sight. But today we have lived to see this marriage
disintegrate into one of the most sordid, ugly breakups on the
face of the earth!

  The marriage described in Psalm 45, on the other hand, is a
union far more glorious and grand. It too is full of romance,
beauty, majesty – but it is a marriage that will never end. It is
meant for eternal glory!

              ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
              This Wedding Is All About King
                    Jesus Taking A Bride!
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  At this very moment, you and I are seated in heavenly places
with King Jesus. Yet, much greater than that, we are engaged to
Him! And soon a grand and glorious marriage will take place – a
majestic royal wedding beyond anything this world has ever seen.
The commentator for this marriage is the Holy Spirit, who unfolds
to us a glorious scene:

  * King Jesus is standing before His throne – His royal scepter
in His hand, His garments full of the wonderful aroma of myrrh
and aloes. He has come from the ivory palace of His Father, where
He has been anointed with the oil of gladness.

  * He is dressed in His full military regalia. His glittering
sword is strapped upon His thigh. He has conquered all His
enemies, and His kingdom is secure. He reigns in peace and power,
Victor over all. And, Scripture says, He is “…fairer than the
children of men: grace is poured into thy lips…” (Psalm 45:2).

  * Every battle this King has fought – every enemy He has laid
low, every act of grace and mercy He has provided – has been for
His bride. It all has been meant for this moment. And now He is
ecstatic, beaming with joy, full of excitement – because He
anticipates being joined to His beautiful bride. He gazes down
the long corridor of the palace, waiting for her to approach with
all her retinue!

  The psalmist tells us that the Bridegroom could have chosen a
bride from many honorable daughters in the kingdom. “Kings’
daughters were among thy honourable women…” (Psalm 45:9). But
He chose only one: “…upon thy right hand did stand the queen in
gold of Ophir” (same verse).

  Now, Ophir gold was the purest, most refined gold made in those
days. And this bride is adorned in it. What a sight she is, as
she is “…brought unto the king…” (verse 14). She absolutely
glows, because her heart is pure.

  Her golden gown glistens with incredible needlework. This isn’t
some broad cloth picked out of endless yards; it has been
intricately interwoven with threads of the purest gold. And its
gold ornaments shine forth spectacularly.

  The queen in gold marches toward the King with great fanfare.
And what a glorious sound – tambourines, trumpets, stringed
instruments! Behind her, as far as the eye can see, is her
retinue – an army of virgins, all dressed in white, singing,
dancing, praising with great joy. The bride is leading the whole
procession – and they’re coming to meet the King of Kings and
Lord of Lords.

  Finally, the queen takes her place at the King’s right hand.
And everyone is rejoicing – because this is the royal wedding of
eternity! “…the virgins her companions that follow her shall be
brought unto thee. With gladness and rejoicing shall they be
brought: they shall enter into the king’s palace” (verses 14-15).

  Talk about a Holy-Ghost revival meeting! Can you imagine the
scene? This wedding is the purpose, the highlight, of all
Creation. There stands King Jesus, His heart full of joy. And
here comes His bride – the redeemed of mankind – dressed in pure
gold, the righteousness of Christ!

  Yet, I want to stop here for a moment. So far, this looks like
another romantic, royal wedding. My question is: Just who is this
bride in gold?

  Some commentators say this psalm merely describes an historical
marriage between King Joram of Judah and Athaliah. Scholarship
shows that there was a great, royal wedding at the time. But to
say this psalm is about that wedding is mere conjecture.

  I agree with most spiritually-minded scholars that this psalm
is messianic. And I believe its message is very clear: It’s about
Jesus and His bride! The Bridegroom is our King and Lord, Jesus
Christ. And the bride is His church – believers who have prepared
themselves for His coming – who yearn for Him with great
expectancy, and whose hearts are without spot or wrinkle.

    ******************************************************
      “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming
    down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride
    adorned for her husband…. And there came unto me one
    of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of
    the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying,
    Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s
    wife.

      “And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and
    high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy
    Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having
    the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone
    most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as
    crystal” (Revelation 21:2, 9-11).
    *******************************************************

  This picture in Revelation 21 is a beautiful picture of the
last-day church of Jesus Christ! The great, holy city descending
out of heaven is His spotless bride – the overcoming church
seated with Him right now in heavenly places. This church is
built upon the foundation of gospel truths of the twelve
apostles. And it is surrounded by walls and gates that keep out
everything impure and uninvited.

  Scripture also speaks of a pure, crystal water, which
represents a clear conscience. And that is another component of
this last-day church: It is transparent, pure, walking in the
light – with no other temple but Christ!

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              As the Queen Stands Before Her Bridegroom,
              The Wedding About to Begin, the Voice of a
              Third Party Is Heard!
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  The queen in gold is honored, favored, greatly adorned. And now
she stands at her Beloved’s right hand, the marriage about to be
performed. But before the ceremony begins, a voice whispers an
admonition to her: “Hearken, O daughter, and consider…” (Psalm
45:10).

  I believe this voice is the Holy Ghost, warning all who are
called by His name. He is speaking a word to overcomers – to
those most in love with Jesus – saying, “Harken, consider,
listen!” This voice comes to the bride in the final moments just
before the marriage is to be consummated.

  Now, you must understand – the queen has already been chosen.
Her heart has already been won to her Bridegroom. She has left
her home, family and country and has committed herself to Him.
And she is full of joy because she passionately loves the King.

  So, let me ask you: Do you think of yourself as chosen by the
Lord? Are you the blood-covered, redeemed apple of His eye? Do
you love Him with all your heart? Have you forsaken all the
world, all your past, for Him? Can you say, “He is mine, and I am
committed to Him. Lord, I love You with all my heart!”

  My point is this: If you want to be in the bride of Christ, you
must be concerned with more than simply escaping a godless hell.
Rather, you must desire not to be absent on that great wedding
day! You must shudder at the very thought of not being His bride
– of not being in His embrace, not spending eternity with Him.

  The Holy Ghost’s message to the bride was: “…forget also
thine own people, and thy father’s house” (Psalm 45:10). The
still, small voice was
whispering, “It’s not enough
just to leave your past behind. You must also forget it all – put
it out of your mind – all past loves and distractions!”

  Jesus said, “…Whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all
that he hath, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:33). And the
messenger here is saying to the bride, “Are you counting the cost
as you prepare to be united to Him?  Or are you going to give Him
mere lip service after the wedding? Have you started a commitment
you’re willing to finish? Or does your mind wander back to things
of your past – old friends,
old habits, old loves? If you commit to this marriage, you must
not only leave your past behind – you must forget it completely!”

  Are the Holy Spirit’s words a call for us to physically leave
family, job, career? No – never! His warning isn’t an excuse to
escape the obligations of marriage or family. In fact, the Bible
is full of commands and warnings about providing for our
household. We are to cling to our mate, care for our relatives
and raise our children in the fear of God.

  No, this isn’t just a physical call. When Jesus speaks of some
“not forsaking all,” He is speaking of those who turn from Him
and cling to idols. An idol is anything that becomes the sole
focus of our devotion – anything that possesses our time,
attention, money, love, interest.

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      “And they forsook the Lord God of their fathers…and
    followed other gods…” (Judges 2:12).
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              I Want to Speak Particularly
              to Husbands And Wives!
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  I’ll address husbands first. Many men can rightly say they are
good providers. They work long and hard, don’t waste their money,
dress their children adequately and spend quality time with their
family. But how much time do they devote to Jesus? Do they have
what I call a “leaving-and-forgetting time” – a time when they
mentally leave and forget everything, setting aside quality time
for Jesus alone?

  A man can do this on the job, while driving to work, anytime.
It’s a time to set aside all thoughts of work, family, children
and say, “This is Your time, Jesus. I’m Yours alone right now. No
one is more important to me!”

  Please don’t misunderstand me: The problem isn’t business or
family or career. Rather, it is “loitering” – idle, aimless,
lounging around and wasting time. Multitudes of God’s people
spend their time endlessly loitering – idly spending time with
friends or lolling in front of a TV. We loiter away so many
precious hours – and we neglect our Lord and Savior!

  Now I want to speak to wives: You have given your husband and
children the best years of your life. You are hardworking and
faithful. You take good care of your family. Yet, I ask you: How
much “leaving-and-forgetting time” do you give to Jesus? How many
hours a week do you shut the world out and draw close to Him?

  Grandfathers, grandmothers, singles, everyone – one day you’re
going to stand before the judgment seat to account for your time.
And God keeps accurate books! He knows exactly how many hours
you’ve spent on “good” things – your children, your spouse, your
interests. But He is going to place that on His scales – and then
measure it against the few hours you gave Him! Do you think those
scales are even going to move?

  How jealous the Lord must be over all our other loves – all the
things that eat up our time and attention. The old adage is true:
It’s not the “bad” that is the enemy of the Christian, but the
“good”: It’s family, career, job, children. Yet these things in
themselves don’t stand between us and the Lord. No – it’s our
loitering! We could easily take hold of our time for Jesus’ sake
– but we don’t!

  Now the Lord stands before us, asking: “…lovest thou me more
than these…?” (John 21:15).

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              Whatever You Love Most Will Get Most
              of Your Time and Attention!
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  God is a jealous lover! “…for the Lord, whose name is
Jealous, is a jealous God” (Exodus 34:14).

  Indeed, it is possible for us to provoke Him to jealousy: “Do
we provoke the Lord to jealousy?…” (1 Corinthians 10:22). Paul
is asking: “You have testified that you love Him. You’ve even
taken His name. Yet, has someone or something else stolen your
heart?”

  As a faithful shepherd, I am called by the Spirit of God to
warn you: When the day of judgment comes, you may not be in the
bride of Christ! And when you stand before the Bridegroom, He
won’t say, “Here is My beloved, who spent so much time with Me.

  You couldn’t wait to wake up to meet Me, and You didn’t go to
bed without talking to Me. You have been waiting for Me
expectantly – and now we are one. Nothing will part us!”

  No! Instead, Jesus will turn His face away from you. He will
say, “You loved Me with words – but your heart was far from Me.
You went to church and called that ‘quality time’ with Me. But
there was no intimacy, no private time. You were seldom with Me,
seldom in My presence. I don’t know you. Depart from Me!”

    **************************************************
      “Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her
    attire? yet my people have forgotten me days
    without number” (Jeremiah 2:32).

      “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great
    salvation…” (Hebrews 2:3).
    **************************************************

  You can say you love Jesus; you can go to church every time the
doors are open. But do you seek Him when your time is your own?

  How many books do you devour – how many magazines and
newspapers, how much TV and radio – and yet you never give a
thought to spending time with Christ? Beloved, time is running
out! Soon you’ll stand before Jesus. And how will you escape His
judgment then, when you have been given every opportunity to know
Him now?

  Think of whole nations begging for Bibles – old Russian mothers
who cry for even a New Testament! Think of the thousands of
Eastern European pastors and believers who now sit devouring the
Word, weeping at its glorious truth. Then think of your own Bible
(if you even know where it is) – and how you neglect it!

  Preachers search their Bibles for sermons. Sunday-school
teachers study it for lessons. But why do we not turn to it for
recreational reading, to be refreshed by our Lord? Why don’t we
open it to learn of Him, to love Him?

  The Bible is Jesus – God’s own Word! It is the full revelation
of His heart. Everything about Him is unmasked there. And I would
think that if you truly love Him – if you expect to spend
eternity as His bride – then you’d want to learn everything about
Him that you can!

  Right now many Christians are being branded in their very
souls. Perhaps you are one. Will you go to the judgment with
these words marking you: Christ Neglecter? Have you rejected Him,
making no time for prayer or His Word? If so, how will you
escape?

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              Many Have Had Their Hearts Won to the
              Lord – But Have Never Been Satisfied
              by Him!
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  It’s not enough for Jesus to win your heart. He has to be the
satisfaction of your heart! Yet, there are many believers who
have never been satisfied with Jesus. They’re always up or down
according to their circumstances.

  That is not a suitable bride for this Bridegroom. No, a certain
beauty must adorn His bride in order to attract Him: “So shall
the king greatly desire thy beauty…” (Psalm 45:11). But what is
this beauty?

  You probably have sung of the beauty of holiness: “…worship
the Lord in the beauty of holiness” (Psalm 29:2). This beauty is
beheld in God’s eyes; it is what Jesus sees in us that attracts
Him. It’s what is beautiful about us in His eyes!

  And the Holy Ghost is saying to the bride in gold, “If you will
lay aside everything, forget all others and adorn yourself for
Him alone – then He will desire your beauty!” This means no job,
no person, no relationship can come between you!

  I heard a godly wife say, “The more godly my husband becomes,
the more attractive he is to me.” Indeed, that is what a godly
marriage is all about. And, likewise, the more you give yourself
in entire devotion to the Lord, the more attractive and beautiful
you become to Him.

  “So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty…” (Psalm 45:11).
What an incredible thought: Jesus will not be able to stay away
from you! In fact, the Hebrew meaning of beauty here includes the
word lust (with righteous connotations). It signifies a strong
yearning and desire. In other words, Jesus will draw close to you
– overflowing with desire for you!

  I have performed many weddings in my lifetime. And there was
never a groom who didn’t smile with delight at his bride,
thinking, “She’s all mine!” Beloved, that is the beauty I’m
talking about. Our Bridegroom rejoices, saying of His bride, “I’m
the apple of her eye. She’d rather spend time with Me than with
anyone else. And that makes her beautiful to Me!”

  I want to be beautiful in Jesus’ eyes. I want to worship Him in
the beauty of holiness. He is not merely “first” in my life; He
is everything. And the Bible says He is drawn to me because of
that!

  Indeed, the bride in gold has an inner beauty that makes her
outwardly beautiful. She is “…all glorious within…” (verse
13) because she is devoted to her Bridegroom. He knows beyond any
shadow of a doubt, “She is all Mine – devoted only to Me! She
worships Me and is submissive to Me. I am the only One in her
life, the sole focus of her attention. She makes time for Me, is
overjoyed in My presence, and desires to be with Me continually.
What beautiful devotion!”

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              In Closing, I Want to Ask You an
              Important Question:
              ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  If Jesus were to come tonight, would you be in the great
marriage procession, approaching the throne? Or would you find
yourself standing before a jealous, jilted Lover?

  Our Lord yearns after us, wanting our time and attention – and
yet He sees us spending all our time on other people, other
things. And that makes Him burn with jealousy! The day is coming
when His jealousy will “smoke” against those who turn to vain
idols (Deuteronomy 29:20). It will burst into flames of judgment!

  Beloved, when that day comes, will Jesus take your hand with
delight and whisper, “At last – we’re together! You have desired
Me so. You have given Me the best of your life, your time, your
attention. Come, now – let us be one!”

  Or, will He say to you: “I’m sorry – I don’t know you. You said
you loved Me, but your actions never matched your words. You had
time for a lot of things – family, children, grandchildren, loved
ones, career. But you neglected Me. We were never intimate; I
never had your heart. And now it’s too late!”

  How will you stand before Him on that day? Everything of this
world is going to burn. But what about your intimacy with Him?
Will you be able to stand before Him, because you shut out the
world and cried, “Jesus, I want to know You!”

  The Holy Spirit is whispering to you right now: “Harken –
listen! Forget everything else, and start anew today. If you have
missed Him altogether, confess it to your heavenly Father. Repent
– and devote yourself wholly to your Bridegroom!”

  Pray with me right now:

    ***************************************************
      “O blessed Lamb of God, I want to be beautiful in
    Your sight! Forgive me for neglecting Your Word,
    for rejecting Your revealed heart. Forgive me for
    spending so much time on everything else but You.
    And give me a new heart to know You. I want to grow
    in intimacy with You!”
    ***************************************************

  Give the Lord all your devotion – your time, your attention,
your thoughts, your finances – and He will take care of all such
things. You won’t have to seek after them as the heathen do;
instead, He will add them to your life liberally.

  The Lord has promised to take care of you. And if you turn to
Him with your whole heart, He will walk in covenant with you and
your family. So give Him your wholehearted attention. Act as His
bride – and you will become beautiful in His sight! Amen!

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