Harken, 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.
Throughout scripture, God’s people, first as Israel, but later as the church, are referred to as being betrothed to the Lord. We see a portion of that here in this passage. No one on earth ought to worship their spouse, yet here this daughter is called to do so. As believers, we are the Lord’s, endowed to Him by His blood.
As the Lord’s, He desires to take pleasure in us, of which a part, as stated here, is holiness. While reading this passage this morning, it struck me how we are well represented here. As believers, we were raised differently; brought up in the world, we are not citizens. Our father’s house, as in the place of our origin, is this world, but we are forsaking it for a better home – that of the Lord. We are already married to Him, but are waiting here on earth for the day when He will return and take us up with Him in the clouds, where we shall ever be with Him.
Until this time, however, we live on earth. While here, let us please the Lord, by not setting our affections and desires on the world, and things in it, but rather on Christ. We are a people set apart for our Lord, Christ, and as such have no more business chasing after the pleasures of this world than a married lady would other men – for to take pleasure in the things of this world, which are contrary to God, is to do exactly the same thing.