“No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah [my delight is in her], and your land Beulah [married]; for the LORD will take delight in you, and your land will be married. As a young man marries a maiden, so will your sons marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.” Isaiah 62:4-5
Some people call Heaven Beulah Land. Beulah actually means married. And while it is true that we will experience the perfection of union between Christ and the Church in Heaven, there is a blissful state of Beulah that God desires for marriages — in this life.
It is no coincidence that God chose marriage as the picture of intimate communion to portray the relationship He desires with mankind as visualized in the promise of the union between Christ and the church (Ephesians 5:23-33, Colossians 1:24). In human terms, it is the most sublime relationship we can imagine.
How disappointed our Father must be when He sees how miserable and lonely we are in:
- the one place we should be happiest
- that He created for communion
- that He instituted for intimacy
- that He designed for the fulfillment of delightful desires. . .
- that He uses as the example of the relationship He desires for us. . .
We live in the shadow of the curse, embraced by the sting of thorns, but there remains Sabbath. . . Beulah. A place of rest and refuge. . . marriage. . .haven. . . Beulah, even in this cursed, barren wilderness. Thanks be to Christ who redeemed us from the curse! (Galatians 3:13)
If we only have hope of Heaven for rest and Beulah, we are most miserable (I Corinthians 15:19) — there is hope now, today — in this life — in this marriage.
How? By the same faith and redemption that saves your soul. If we trust God for the salvation of our soul, can we trust Him for the salvation of our marriage?
Just like there remains a Sabbath rest (Hebrews 4:9) in this life AND the life to come, I believe there is a blessed state of Beulah for us now.
Claim Beulah for your marriage. Write it above the doorposts of your bedroom. Sprinkle it like perfume upon your bedclothes. Anoint yourself with the promise of Beulah so that you are beautiful, desired, attractive, alluring, with the fragrance of regeneration and sanctification and forgiveness on your life.
Oh, God, give us blissful Beulah. . . a taste of Heaven on Earth!