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#33 – An Exhortation for Marriage

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Proverbs chapter five verse 18 says, “Let your fountain be blessed and rejoice in the wife of your youth.” And I’m going to continue on into verse 19 because this is intended to be a G rated podcast and I don’t know if they’re is somebody listening that may have some kids in the car or something right now, so we’ll stop there, but the whole picture here in Proverbs chapter five, it’s a warning against adultery and it’s an exhortation. That verse. Verse 18, “Let your fountain be blessed. Rejoice in the wife of your youth.” This Proverb beckons husbands, like myself to look at our wives and rejoice in them. Rejoice in wife God has given to you.

This proverb beckons husbands and wives to look at their

spouses and rejoice in them.

Let your fountain be blessed by her. Mutually, this Proverb beckons wives to rejoice in the husband of your youth and so, I want to pray specifically for marriages and obviously I know that not everyone who is listening to this is married. Maybe some of you are single. Some of you may be divorced and so we come at this picture of marriage and this exhortation for marriage from different perspectives, but we all need to pray in our own lives and for others lives around us for a blessed fountain and a rejoicing husband and with in marriage in the relationships we see around us so, God we pray for this. I pray for this in my marriage. We pray for this in each one our marriages.

For those of us who aren’t married, Lord we praise you for your grace for your mercy, for your bountiful blessing for the fountain of marriage that you have give to us as a gift. So, we pray as husbands, help us to rejoice in the wife our youth. To honor the wife of our youth. To enjoy in every way the wife of our youth. We pray God for wives to rejoice in the husbands you have given them that you would help wives to honor and respect and love their husbands. Lord, we pray for bountiful marriages filled with blessing. We know marriages is not always easy, we know that there’s an adversary in the world that is working right now to rip marriages apart and so we pray oh God for bountiful blessing in our marriages.

And for rejoicing in the wife, in the husband you have given to us. Keep us, we pray. Keep us from being intoxicated by the adulterous or the adulterer. Keep us from being pulled away from the beauty you’ve designed for us in marriage. We pray you help us to love our spouse in a way that is glorifying to you and good for us today. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

David Platt serves as pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and president of Radical. He is the author of several books, including Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me, and Counter Culture.
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