To grasp ahold of another
with vows sacred
To cling to my love
through joys and trials
To not let go
Is the picture You use, Lord,
for Your bride with You
A grasp so tight
a treasure so rare
As firm as that grip is with him
my embrace with You more
I cling to You my groom, Jesus,
– Susie Stewart
I cling to You;
Your strong right hand holds me securely.
– Psalm 63:8 (NLT)
For your Creator will be your husband; the Lord of Heaven’s Armies is His name! He is your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, the God of all the earth.
– Ephesians 54:5 (NLT)
Revere the Lord your God, serve Him, cling to Him, swear by His name alone!
– Deuteronomy 10:20 (CEB)
…cling tightly to the Lord your God as you have done until now.
– Joshua 23:8 (NLT)
Husbands, you must love your wives so deeply, purely, and sacrificially that we can understand it only when we compare it to the love the Anointed One has for His bride, the church. We know He gave Himself up completely to make her His own, washing her clean of all her impurity with water and the powerful presence of His word.
– Ephesians 5:24-26 (VOICE)
Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. He held fast to the Lord and did not stop following Him; he kept the commands the Lord had given Moses. And the Lord was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook.
– 2 Kings 18:5-7 (NIV)
Men ought to give their wives the love they naturally have for their own bodies. The love a man gives his wife is the extending of his love for himself to enfold her. Nobody ever hates or neglects his own body; he feeds and looks after it. And that is what Christ does for His body, the Church. And we are all members of that body, we are His flesh and blood! ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’. The marriage relationship is doubtless a great mystery, but I am speaking of something deeper still—the marriage of Christ and his Church. In practice what I have said amounts to this: let every one of you who is a husband love his wife as he loves himself; let the wife reverence her husband.
– Ephesians 5:30-32 (PHILLIPS)
Let us be glad and rejoice,
and let us give honor to Him.
For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb,
and His bride has prepared herself.
She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.”
For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people.
And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” And he added, “These are true words that come from God.”
– Revelation 19:7-9 (NLT)
Photo by Nicole Stewart