30 June 2020Today’s passage is from Song of Solomon 1:1-17
1 Kings 4:32, says of Solomon, "He spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs were a thousand and five." That’s a lot of songs! The Book Song of Solomon/Song of Songs is a very unique one; It is primarily an allegory describing the love relationship between God and His people. This great Song of Songs illustrates the love, the intensity, and the beauty of a relationship that should exist between Christ and the believer.
“The chief speakers are not Solomon and the Shulamite… but Christ and his Church.” – Chuck Swindoll
It is important to understand there is a huge difference between knowing that God loves you and experiencing God’s love in your life. It is intimate and personal, with that understanding when you read this passage, it sure is an exclusive experience.
MY BELOVED IS MINE AND I AM HIS
Verses 1-7. The dialogue between the maiden and the young man begins with this passionate desire of the maiden. Love is better than wine Vs 2. She wants to receive and experience the love of her beloved. Charles Spurgeon, the great preacher of Victorian England, in his sermon titled Better than Wine, drew forth two main points:
“Christ’s love is better than wine because of what it is not: It doesn’t cost anything. Taking more of it does not diminish the taste of it. It is without impurities.
“Christ’s love is better than wine because of what it is: · Like wine, the love of Christ has healing properties, a symbol of joy; it exhilarates the soul.
It flowed out in streams of blood, from the cross of Calvary, and we partake of it in remembrance of Him”.
A PERFUME POURED OUT
Vs 3 Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes. The love of Christ is an ointment that heals the wounds of the heart, adds fragrance that is refreshing and makes one joyful. And in love, the King brings the bride into His chamber, a place of closeness. Isn’t that true of a heart of worship when you love Him with all your heart and soul every day? It is in your quiet time, that you are welcomed into the affections and secrets of His heart.
The Shulamite considers her own shortcomings in appearance Vs 5 Dark am I… Likewise, we also suffer in our negatives sometimes and we do not want our natural life to be exposed. Unless it is sufficiently dealt with by the Holy Spirit, it is difficult to get over such feelings. If you are conscious that you are restrained in prayer, that you have neglected searching the Word, and that you have not lived as near to God as you ought; then this is the time you need to come into close communion with Christ. For His love covers the multitude of sins.
ADORNED IN HOLINESS
Verse 8-10 The beloved praises His lover. If you do not know, O fairest among women, follow in the footsteps of the flock. Poetically, the beloved tells the maiden where she can find Him. He welcomes her presence and companionship and is happy to have her with him. More specifically, He praised the way she made herself beautiful, with ornaments on her cheeks and chains of gold on her neck. The ornaments are compared to the grandeur and beauty that the Lord can adorn us with, in other words it is the grace and glory that can be given by Christ, when we surrender our lives to Him. Infact, He admires this incorruptible beauty that can come only from God Himself, upon us.
Vs 11 When the on-looking daughters of Jerusalem saw how the King cared for her, they wanted to be kind and good to her. The Lord will turn people in your favor when you have found favor in the eyes of God. Be assured that the beauty of His holiness and the gentle spirit remodels you, and will attract people to you. Proverbs 3:4. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of man. When your love relationship with God gets stronger, many other strained relationships will be set right.
AN EVERLASTING LOVE
Vs 13-17 The maiden understood her ability to attract her beloved; and she also understood His ability to attract her. These dynamics of mutual attraction is delightful, for it speaks more about character corresponding commitment- an eternal love relationship. This intimate relationship with Christ will always keep life alive, attractive and full of good scents, like that of the vineyards of En Gedi, an oasis in a Judean wilderness.
Prayer:LORD, you love me so much more than I show my love to You. Thank You for meeting with me today and reminding me of this love relationship. Keep me close to you. In Jesus name, Amen