“Upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir. The King’s daughter is all glorious within—her clothing is of wrought gold. Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father’s house; so shall the King greatly desire thy beauty; for he is thy Lord, and worship thou him. Psalm 45:9-11, 13.
Observe, O my soul, that thy celestial Bridegroom does not require any ornament, merit, worthiness, or beauty of thine own. No, he will wash thee himself with his blood, he will adorn thee, and make thee truly amiable to himself and to his Father. O sweet and eternal truth: “He has loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.” And being clothed with his righteousness, we have more than angelical beauty. If we have received the Spirit of adoption, let us cleave to Christ alone, love him above all things, and walk in his commandments. This is not only our duty, but a needful evidence of our sonship.
The King of saints, how fair his face,
Adorned with majesty and grace;
He comes with blessings from above,
And wins the nations to his love.
At his right hand our eyes behold
The queen arrayed in purest gold;
The world admires her heavenly dress,
Her robe of joy and righteousness.
He forms her beauties like his own;
He calls and seats her near his throne:
Fair stranger, let thy heart forget
The idols of thy native state.
So shall the King the more rejoice
In thee, the favorite of his choice;
Let him be loved, and yet adored,
For he’s thy Maker and thy Lord.
(A Golden Treasury ~ March 6)