I’ve always been a tiny bit fascinated by the Queen of England, and as a child, I did my fair share of dressing up like a princess. 👸🏰 I still enjoy pretty things, jewelry and a bit of makeup.
We don’t do Disney at our house, but Psalm 45 tells me about the royal princess of YHVH who is much more splendid:
“The royal daughter is all glorious within the palace;
Her clothing is woven with gold.
She shall be brought to the King in robes of many colors…” (Psalm 45:13-14, NKJV).
We know from other places in Scripture (like Ephesians 5:22-33 and Revelation 19:7-8) that the Messiah is going to come back for His beautiful princess, which is an allegorical way of saying His precious people of Israel (Isaiah 61:10, Isaiah 62:1-5, Jeremiah 33:10-11).
So I don’t have a problem trying to teach my children to have good table manners or to act in a proper way. We are far from perfect, as occasional belching contests have been heard in our house. They usually giggle and say, “Don’t let Mom hear!” because they know I’m always telling them to pretend they are eating with the Queen.
We are supposed to think about “honest” (awesome, admirable, and noble) things.
The Greek word used in Philippians 4:8 has a Hebrew counterpart. Actually, scholars disagree, so there are possibly two counterparts.
Some say it’s נגיד, nagid (Strong’s 5057), which means princely. The root word is often translated as prince, captain, noble, or governor.
Others say it’s נכבד, nichbad (Strong’s 3513), from a root that that means honorable or weighty.
(Both are so cool!)
But you can see that it’s a good thing to think about our identity, about who we are because of Yeshua our Messiah. We are His bride, the Princess of Zion, all glorious in our Queenly wedding garments.
Inside, we are pure and righteous, cleansed of sin, innocent and radiant.
So as we think in our hearts, so may we be in our actions.
“Listen, for I will speak of excellent (nagid) things, and from the opening of my lips will come right things” (Proverbs 8:6, NKJV).
Flylady has been around since I was a young mom, helping stay-at-home-moms keep their houses clean and organized. She’s famous for advising us to get “dressed to the shoes” each morning. She writes,
“Several years ago, I worked for a direct sales cosmetics company. One main rule for that company was that you could not make a single phone call in the morning unless you were totally dressed, and I mean really dressed! All the way to dress shoes. The reason behind this duty was that you act differently when you have clothes and shoes on. You are more professional. The customer can tell when you don’t feel good about the way you look, even when you think you do. So if getting dressed makes that big of an impression on someone that can’t even see you, what is going to happen to those that can see you? Mainly yourself.”
I agree, although I’m not above wearing cute slippers.
So inside and outside today, think like a princess. Act like one. Think like one. You are one… a daughter of Zion.
Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture in this blog post taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
This was a wonderful post Anne. Thank you so much for the encouragement. Praying for you!