Now is the time to rejoice in the enduring Love of God for His people. The lovebirds in the Song of Solomon are people from two separate worlds. The Shulamite is the beloved maidservant who represents people on earth, while her Lover is the Shepherd who represents Jesus on earth.
The chorus of friends, or the Song within us, represents the Holy Spirit who asks questions like “Can we help you look for him?” (6) The Song of Songs is a book that has been called the Christian’s love song. The love depicted between the darkened field worker and the Lover she so longed for, is a poetic picture of the love between God and His people. God communicates His passionate and jealous love through this Song. It is His message about the covenant love within a committed marriage. The story foretells of how we His bride, His church are to be in a covenant, intimate relationship with Christ.
To be clear about God’s love: “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:7) “We love because He first loved us. If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And He has given us this command; Whoever loves God must also love his brother.” (I John 4:19-21)
A beloved maidservant blushes and asks that the Shepherd not stare because of her lovely dark skin. She proclaimed that she works hard in the sun, in the family vineyard. She boldly asked the Lover; “Why should I be like a veiled woman beside the flocks of your friends?” (1:7) The bride muses about her beloved while the Groom speaks tenderly to His bride. Then as the song progresses, intimacy is celebrated between Husband and wife. Both partners sing a duet about the permanent seal on the Love they share.
Tucked within the third chapter we learn that the maidservant was desperate to find the One her heart loves. “I found the One my heart loves. I held Him and would not let Him go till I had brought Him to my mother’s house, to the room of the one who conceived me.” (3:4)
Who has conceived you? Was it not God who knit us together in our mother’s womb? “For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13 – In Genesis 25:23 God spoke: “The Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.”
“What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him—“ (1 Corinthians 2:9) The greatest hope that God has for His church, which is made up of all colors and races; is that we love God, and ourselves as He loves us.
May this be the song of your heart: “To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power forever and ever! Amen.” (Revelation 1:5-6)
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“It is finished” – 5/18/19