Psalm 45:10-11, 13-15

Listen to me, O royal daughter; take heart to what I say. Forget your people and your homeland far away. For your royal husband delights in your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord. [...] The bride, a princess, waits within her chambers, dressed in a gown woven with gold. In her beautiful robes, she is led to the king, accompanied by her bridesmaids. What a joyful, enthusiastic procession as they enter the king's palace!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

On Being a Princess

Since I've never really shared much of the reason behind Reflections of a Princess,
I thought I'd start here on what being a princess means. Enjoy!

A princess of grace is a woman who has accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior and trusted him with her life. She is on a life-long journey of falling deeper in love with Jesus and binding her life in His. A princess of grace is concerned with God’s glory and renown. Her life purpose is to proclaim Christ in her life—through her thoughts, words, and actions. A princess of grace understands that she is not perfect and sin will still erupt in her life. Though she still struggles with the old self a princess of grace knows that its proper place is at the foot of the cross, and her hope lies in knowing that her position in Christ is eternally set and her condition is continually being sanctified.

A Princess Story [Note: A Princess Story is a novel/spiritual growth book I started and have yet to finish. It has evolved much over the years, since the idea began. I'll share more about it later.] is based on 1 John 3:1 and Psalms 45:10-11, 13. First John 3:1, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Psalms 45:10-11, 13, “Listen, O daughter, consider and give ear: Forget your people and your father’s house. The King is enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord...All glorious is the princess within her chamber; her gown is interwoven with gold.”

A princess of grace realizes her position in the kingdom of God. She has been adopted as a daughter possessing the full rights of sonship (Ro. 8:15-17) becoming an heir with Christ. A princess of grace also knows that she is not simply the daughter of a King, but the betrothed of Prince Jesus, who gave up his life and arose from the dead to live with her in eternity forever. She knows that on the day of the Lord her True Love will come to carry her home as His bride, and she waits in patient joy for that day. Until then, a princess of grace spends her time following deeper in love with her Prince, delighting in him as he delights and takes pleasure in her.

When a woman begins the journey with Jesus she forgets and leaves behind her former way of life and is totally loyal to her adoring Prince. He is enthralled by her beauty. He finds no flaw in her (SS 4:7) and takes her unto the higher places to engage in deeper communion with him. The princess may be nervous and a bit scared by approaching the higher places, knowing that struggles and death will be present, but she knows in the end she will reflect more of her King. A princess of grace trusts the infinite knowledge of her Father and trusts the (confident) loving guidance her Prince’s hand holds. She knows neither will leave her and the high places will drive her closer still to each.

A princess of grace knows her journey is life-long and that joys and trials will come. However, she knows everything will be worth it; “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ” (Phil. 3:7-8).

And so, she steps out confidently in faith to journey as a princess of grace. She is joyful and will willingly lose all she has to keep her love, the dream and desire that has so long been held in her heart, an authentic romance.

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