Today’s Passage – Song of Solomon 5 – 8 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – click here to view the text from the Blue Letter Bible website)
Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – 1 John 3:1
Read the “0729 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
“I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.” (Song of Solomon 5:2)
The book of the Song of Solomon is a collection of love songs. These songs detail the love life of King Solomon and one of his many wives. It’s is filled with explicit descriptions of romantic love between a husband and his wife. We can also see a clear picture of the love relationship between the Lord Jesus Christ and those who are saved by His grace.
In our passages this morning, we read about the heart of the bride. We are given the opportunity to see just how much she loves her husband, and learn she has a heart for him.
In the beginning of the book, the bridegroom has been calling the woman, the bride. Here, he changes his words for her. It may be that they have been married for a while. Maybe they were starting to ‘tire’ of each other or the ‘flame’ has worn off in their relationship. Remember, the bride asleep, and the bridegroom was outside her chamber trying to get in. Ladies, remember how exciting it was when you first dated? We get so secure and satisfied in what we have that we forget how to keep the fires burning.
In verse 2, we see the call of the Beloved. Notice how tender his call is. He uses terms to remind her of how precious she is to him. He tells her that he is outside and wants to come in to her. Let’s look at what he calls her:
My Sister – Speaking of the intimacy of their relationship. The term “sister” was a term of affection that a husband might use for his wife.
My Love – Speaking of the special place she holds in his heart.
My Dove – Speaks of the special peace in their relationship. They are one!
My Undefiled – Speaks of the purity of their love. This is not lust No! Their love is pure and she is pure!
Now we see in verses 9 – 16, the words she uses to describe her love for him.
My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand. His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven. His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set. His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh. His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl: his belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires. His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold: his countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars. His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem. (Song of Solomon 5:10-16)
With words like these, it would be hard to let the flame die in their marriage.
How deep is your l0ve for your spouse? What price are you willing to pay to be closer to them? How much do you really love him or her today? Do you love your spouse enough to turn your back on everyone else?
This is also a picture of the Lord Jesus seeking communion with His redeemed people. He desires to fellowship with us, as we do with our spouses!
What will you say to your spouse to show your love towards them?
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