As a lily growing out of a bramble bush

As a lily growing out of a bramble bush;
As a bright star shining forth in the darkest night;
Is a story excellent, bright and fragrant
Of Boaz and Ruth in a divine romance.
Ruth the Moabitess joined to God’s holy elect;
Boaz took care of her and redeemed all her debt.
First she gleaned from his land,
Then got married to him.
This is how she was joined to God’s eternal plan.
  Lord, I love You and treasure You.
Lord, I choose You and respond to You.
You’re my everything, You’re above all,
You’re my Husband, and my rest,
And my all in all.
The eternal God entered and stepped into time;
For this He needed persons to carry the line —
Those who fulfilled His plan, to bring God into man
Bringing divinity into humanity.
In the universe this is the greatest event,
That is Christ’s incarnation — in His first advent.
Ruth became an ancestor in this mystery —
God and man to be mingled as one entity.
God had promised the seed of a woman for man
That would crush Satan’s head and redeem fallen man;
To make God and man one, what a glory to Him!
We are qualified now to partake of Him.
We are Moabites too, constituted with sin;
We are under God’s wrath and His condemnation.
But through Christ’s redemption, He’s our portion we claim;
In this organic union, we’re married to Him.
Laura Lo

Tampa, FL, U.S.A.

My husband and I both love this song. But I particularly love this song because it shows me how our marriage is not just a part of God's plan, but more importantly, a true shadow of the divine marriage between God and his chosen elect, the church. In this divine marriage man is God's satisfaction, and God is man's real satisfaction. When Christ is the center of our marriage, we can be a satisfaction to our spouse. This is the kind of marriage I desire.