Don’t we just love those fantastic aerial pictures of the mountain climber at the top of the peak from the highest point overlooking all the surrounding land? We would almost say, these pictures are ‘heavenly!’ The pictures are expressions of ‘true joy’ here on earth!
Oh, how we need these heavenly pictures of true joy! They inspire us, they touch us, they lift us to a new place of hope and inspiration. They change our thoughts to ‘think on things that are good’ (Phil 4), and to ‘set our minds on things above’ (Col 3). It’s as if the pictures put a song on our heart again. God knows what we need, so He gives us pictures, to inspire us and in the next breath it seems, He gives us a song.
“The LORD is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation.”Exodus 15:2.
Yes, He is active and alive, even when we seem to have no life in us after a broken heart or great disappointment or loss. He gives us pictures, He gives us a song – and His ‘Rushing Wind blows through this temple cleansing out the dust within’ (Keith Green, Rushing Wind), and He does it somehow, even when we don’t know how He can ever bring joy back to our broken hearts, He does- He ‘comes and breathes His breath upon us’ (Keith Green, Rushing Wind). “The LORD is my strength and my song…”
There is a song, written back in 1876 by Edgar P. Stites, first sung in Ocean Grove, NJ. A wonderful song written from the verse in Is. 62;4, “You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, nor shall your land be Desolate; but you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married.”
‘Beulah’ is a Hebrew word that means, ‘to marry.’ Beulah land is a land where the Bride (the believers ‘in Him’, washed and clothed in His righteousness) turns to kiss the Bridegroom (Jesus, who loves His church so much and He gave His life to clothe her), which, ‘to turn and kiss’ is the meaning of the word ‘worship’. Beulah land is a land that is loved! Beulah land represents heaven!
We need to see heaven, while we are here on earth, so we may experience the joy for those we have lost.Here is a picture of heavenly joy, wrapped up in a song: “I’ve reached the land of joy divine, And all its beauty now is mine, Here shines undimmed one blissful day, For all my night has passed away. O Beulah Land, sweet Beulah Land, As on they highest mount I stand, I look away across the sea, Where mansions are prepared for me, And view the shining glory shore, My heav’n, my home for ever more!
“For all my night has passed away. O Beulah Land…”
The picture- the song helps lift our brokenness to see the joy of heaven: “The Saviour comes and walks with me, And sweet communion here have we, He gently leads me with His hand, For this is heaven’s borderland.” The zehyrs seem to float to me, Sweet sounds of heaven’s melody, As angels, with the white-robed throng, Join in the sweet redemption song.” “O Beulah Land, sweet Beulah Land, As on thy highest mount I stand, I look away across the sea, Where mansions are prepared for me, And view the shining glory shore, My heav’n. my home for ever more!
Yes, ‘here shines undimmed one blissful day…’ But for now, we wait. And while we wait, we can rejoice and be inspired by the pictures of ‘Beulah Land’ to invite others to the wedding! Jesus is prepared to clothe us fully, we simply need to ‘put off’ our own ‘filthy rags’ and receive Him. “And to her”,(His Bride, His church), it is “granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright…” (Rev. 19:8).
It’s that victorious picture on the top of the mountain-top with the areal view of all below- we’ve been “raised with Christ!” and we now “seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.”(Col 3:1). Yes, we remember those who are are already there, walking with their Savior, and we can “set our minds on things above, not on things of the earth” because we have a “life” that “is hidden with Christ”. (Col. 3:1-3). And a ‘present’ joy of heaven is ours today, as we hide ourselves in Him and ‘worship Him’ now, ‘turning to kiss’ our Amazing Bridegroom.
But wait, we want to invite as many as will come to the “Marriage of the Lamb!”(Rev. 19:7). So we seek a strength that comes from the Lord and we sing His song, hoping that others will know that there is an invitation waiting for them, even with their name on it, if they would only receive Him! The promise? Beulah Land! “O Beulah Land!”