“BEULAH LAND” – Heaven’s Border

“You shall no more be termed Forsaken, nor shall your land be called Desolate any more.  But you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land be called Beulah, for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married” ~ Isaiah 62:4.

“Beulah Land”

An Old Favorite Hymn from the Past:

Refrain:

“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 forever more!

My Savior comes and walks with me,  And sweet communion here have we,

He gently leads me by His hand,  For this is Heaven’s border land.”

Hymn by Edgar Page Stites and John R. Sweney

The Hymn’s Beauty–

The words speak of the eternal glory prepared for believers in Christ Jesus.  Beulah Land is “Heaven’s border land,” a land where shines undimmed one blissful day.  For all my night has passed away.”

THE “BEULAH LAND” CONCEPT:

The term “Beulah Land” is unfamiliar to many people today.  This hymn is seldom sung in churches where praise songs, and contemporary Christian rock music dominate the worship experience.  This phenomenon is not peculiar to contemporary churches.  In a brief survey of hymnals, several denominations reveal that this hymn is unknown or no longer relevant in many churches today.

The Use of Biblical “Metaphors”–How God Makes Us Into Something New!

Metaphors are used throughout the Bible and the passage in Isaiah  62, is not an exception.  Now when I say “metaphor”, I don’t mean that it wasn’t real.  What I mean is that Scripture uses metaphors as a “picture language.”  It talks about our relationship with God; understanding what it means to have relationship with God is pretty difficult at times.  God uses language of our everyday lives to help us kind of get the idea.

Understanding what God makes us into, how God transforms us, and changes us.

First things first.  We need to realize what we were without God.  Isaiah 62:4, God says, “No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate.”

It seems we are dealing with a metaphor of the land.  Without God in our lives, we are like a “desolate” place.

Desolate and Barren Places

Without God, we’re EMPTY, BARREN, without the things we need in Life.

And yet, behind the words, is also the ideas of marriage.  It is the real metaphor going on here.  Without God…we’re deserted, left at the altar, left with no one who would marry us.

Now I’m not saying that it’s wrong to be single.  It all goes back to the way ancient Israelite culture was structured.  A woman who wasn’t married, had no good way in having an income on her own.  If her parents died, her brothers were dead or wouldn’t take her in, she was left without anyway to survive except to beg.  She was deserted and desolate.

Spiritually Speaking:

This concept describes our situation in life if we didn’t have JESUS.  We wouldn’t have anyway to survive spiritually without God.  We would find ourselves deserted and desolate, without the things we need in our spiritual life.

Now I’m not inferring that you, as a reader of this blog, are at this place in your life.  Yet, even when we believe in God, it doesn’t mean we never feel like we’re outside of God.  Even though we know JESUS has come into our lives, on accepting Him as Lord and Savior; and in the power of the Holy Spirit, we may feel at times deserted and desolate in our circumstances: illness, sickness, stress, anger, etc.

“NO LONGER” ARE WE FORSAKEN (verse 4):

“Hephzibah” is the Hebrew word used and it means “My delight is in her”.  And then we run across “Beulah”, which means “married”.  Remembering that God is working with the metaphor of marriage.  He uses the metaphor from that ancient Israelite culture; God is transforming you from an unmarried woman, who is desolate and deserted by society and begging for food.  And now, you are His delight–to be married to the Lord.

This is Not The Only Place in Scripture of God “Marrying His People.”

The powerful words used is in describing the relationship we have with God and will have when JESUS CHRIST is our groom and we the Church, become His Bride (Revelation 19).

JESUS comes to many of us–despite the fact that we are desolate and deserted; despite the fact we feel unlovable, despite ALL of our sins, our faults and bruises, past mistakes.  JESUS comes and says,  “My delight is in you.  You will be married to Me.”

“Something Like A Hero”–

I love the lyrics of a song by Charlotte Martin, and here are a few of the words I want you to pay attention too.  Try if you can to put yourself in the shoes of the woman in the song.

On Your Shore

I dig my heels into the dirt ’cause this one’s gonna hurt

Won’t let the wave wash me away, is what I always pray

In my heart I know you couldn’t see in the dark or find your way through me

Now I’m alone, my hands are numb how do I carry on?

And at the turn of the tide this part of me die

Am I washed on your shore and barely alive?

Here I am in my insecurity

Here I am with my damaged dignity

Here I am, you’re pulling me in too deep

Here I am

The woman in the song is feeling deserted and desolate, and even if her reasons for those feelings are different from yours, her experience is similar to ours.  There are things in our lives that make us feel deserted and desolate.  Which then makes us feel deserted by God and where we’re in a desolate place spiritually.

Here Is God’s Promise–Count on it!

“You [fill in your name] shall no more be termed Forsaken, nor shall your land [where your ‘spirit place’ is] be called Desolate any more.  But you shall be called Hephzibah  [My delight is in her], and your land be called Beulah [married]; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married [owned and protected by the Lord]”  (Isaiah 62:4 AMP).

“Crying Out to God”–

As in the Charlotte Martin’s song, crying out to God is asking Him to rescue you from a desolate beach [in the sand dunes of a desert-above photo] of “insecurity” and “damaged dignity.”

God answers that prayer through Christ Jesus:

*  Where once you would’ve been named Deserted, God calls you “Hephzibah”–my delight in you!

*  Where once you were insecure, God gives you eternal security!

*  Where once you had a damaged dignity but God gives you “dignity”, sees you so wonderful, beautiful, holy!

TRANSFORMATION takes place in you through Faith.

Without God, you were on a desolate beach with insecurity, damaged dignity all around you and living without hope.  But now, through faith and confidence in The Groom, you are Hephzibah, Beulah, the delight of God, His bride.  You are secured in the marriage.

These are the gifts He gives to you at the ‘wedding shower.’  This is how HE transforms you!

See How God Decorates His Bride:

Look again at God’s words in Isaiah, see how He pours out the blessing on you, the way He dresses you in a beautiful gown {Tuxedos for the guys) which is His blessing.

I used to have difficulties as a man understanding the Biblical terms of being the Bride of Christ.  But when I realized that the Bride of Christ is describing the character of the Church, male or female becomes  gender neutral.  So relax men, you don’t have to dress up in a wedding gown.

Verse 1:  “I will not rest until her imputed righteousness and vindication go forth in brightness, and her salvation”

The Blessings radiates as does a burning torch.”

Verse 2:  “And the nations shall see your righteousness and vindication, and all kings shall behold your salvation and glory…”

Verse 3:  “You shall also be [so beautiful and prosperous as to be thought of as] a crown of glory and honor…a Royal diadem [exceeding beautiful]…”

“HEAVEN’S BORDER”:

The idea of the Land of Beulah as “Heaven’s Border” actually comes from John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim Progress”.  Bunyan says that “the Enchanted ground is place so nigh to the land of Beulah and so near the end of their race.”

He also says the Land of Beulah is a place “where the sun shineth night and day.”  I’m sure that Mr. Bunyan must have previously been meditating on God’s Word when being inspired to write down his thoughts (Isaiah 60:11; Rev. 21:24-27).

The Future Will Be Entirely Different for God’s People–the Church.

We will not lie forsaken nor left in desolation but will be called ‘His delight’ (Hebrew Hephzibah).  When His people stop trying to exalt themselves and again lean on and trust on the Groom, He will bless them.

The Conditioning of Choice, JOY, Commitment and Covenant

Many people call MARRIAGE a ‘contract’.  But that isn’t what God has promised–but He has given the Bride a covenant promise; He makes good His Word in conveying what He clearly wants to speak into our lives every day.

The Original Covenant Blessing Upon Marriage.

Genesis 1:28 is speaking about His creation of Adam and Eve:  “And God blessed them and said to them,  Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth”.  And now God’s promise, His covenant with the Church (His Bride) is in prospering the people and their dwelling place.

ISAIAH CONTINUES THE THOUGHT OF MARRIAGE – (verse 5):

“For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons marry you; and as the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.”

Righteous Zion is no longer barren, forsaken, or desolate but is found to be a delight to God; have spiritual sons and bear spiritual fruit.

Thus God will rejoice with great joy over the Bride, His Church at the great wedding day! 

“My delight is in You”–Hephzibah–is still true for today’s believers.  When circumstances and problems attempt to destroy HOPE, you may hear your triumphant Bridegroom whisper to you His Bride (2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:27; Revelation 21:2, 9),the new name that is for you and for you alone “The Lamb’s Wife”!

“The [Holy] Spirit and the bride (the church, the true Christians) say,  Come!  And let him who is listening say, Come!  And let everyone come who is thirsty [who is painfully conscious of his need of those things by which the soul is refreshed, supported, and strengthened]; and whoever [earnestly] desires to do it, let him come, take, appropriate, and drink the water of life without cost”  (Revelation 22:17 AMP).

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