Song of Solomon 1-3

The first verse, more or less, introduces and tells you and tells you what it is.
THE song of songs, which is Solomon’s (1:1).
Solomon wrote a thousand and five songs. So the song of songs would be the “primo”. Of all of the thousand and five songs that he wrote, this is the song of songs. It is the best of the many songs that he wrote.
There are many possible interpretations of the Song of Solomon. The are some who see it purely as a sensuous love song between Solomon and one of his wives. There are others who see it as sort of a Biblical marriage sex manual. There are others who see it as a song that depicts, spiritually, the relationship between God and the Nation of Israel. As in the prophecy of Hosea, God speaks of his marriage to the Nation of Israel and thus they see this as a picture of the marriage relationship between God and Israel. Still others see it as the story of the relationship between Christ and his church. Early in church history, one of the early church fathers Hipalatus began to make the spiritual interpretation as he made the allegory of that loving relationship between Christ and his church.
Several centuries later there were other Bible commentators who saw an intriguing kind of a thing within the Song of Solomon. The relationship of Christ and his church or Solomon and his bride, being an allegory to Christ and his church, we find Solomon, more or less, speaking of his love for his wife and she’s speaking of her love for him and this glorious loving relationship between Christ and his church.
This other interpretation that came along in the middle ages of the church saw the Shulamite woman as a woman who was being pursued by Solomon. Yet, with all of his glory and all of his riches and all of the luxuries that he was able to offer to her, she was not enticed because she was in love with a shepherd. Solomon in all of his wealth and all could not entice her heart away from her true love which was this shepherd. Thus in the spiritual allegory, they see bride of Christ as it is drawn to Jesus himself, the shepherd, the good shepherd. They see Solomon here as the type of the world that seeks to entice the love of the church away from Christ to the things of the world, to the fineries and the luxuries that the world offers.
This particular interpretation is illustrated or amplified in the Amplified Bible. If you read the Song of Solomon in the amplified Bible, they take this particular interpretive view which I should say is rejected by most evangelical commentators as impractical and forced and strained. It is interesting, though it may be impractical and forced and strained, just for another insight you might be interested in reading the Song of Solomon in the Amplified Bible in that it does give you this other interpretation.
When you began to look at it as a spiritual allegory then it is open to interpretation, that is when you begin to interpret, you begin to make the spiritual analogies. I do believe that that is probably the only and the best way to look at the Song of Solomon
Because of a spiritual analogy and the spiritualizing of this portion of scriptures, those who are known as Christian mystics who always look for some deeper spiritual meaning within the text, have field days with the Song of Solomon. In the era of Christian mysticism the Song of Solomon became one of the favorite books of the Christian mystics for they began to see all these spiritual insights. Bernard of Clarvoi, who was a spiritual mystic, actually preached eighty-seven sermons from the first two chapters of the Song of Solomon. That’s how much you can read into it. If you want to really get into the spiritual mysticism and finding secret kinds of little goodies there in the text that are not obvious or open, but if you dig and meditate you can come up with a lot of spiritual analogies.
In our study of the Song of Solomon, we are going to look at it as a spiritual allegory that does represent the loving relationship between Christ and his church. Solomon becoming a type of Christ and the Shulamite woman becoming a type of the church in their expression of their love and intimate love for each other.
Let it be said that Jesus desires to have a very meaningful loving relationship with you. He loves you more than you will ever know. As Paul was praying for the Ephesian church, he prayed that they might the length, the breadth, depth, the height of the love of Christ which he said, “passes knowledge”. The love of Christ is so great, so intense, so deep and so rich you’ll never know the full depth of his love. But Jesus said to his disciples, “Greater love has no man than this that a man will lay down his life for his friends.” and then he laid his life for the church. So the Bible speaks of him loving us and giving himself for us.
God commended his love towards us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for the ungodly. It is true that Jesus loves you more than you will ever know and he desires that his love for you will spark a responsive love in your own heart as it did with his disciples. John wrote, “we love him because he first loved us”. So his love for us and as we come to understand his love for us, it strikes within our hearts a responsive cord, when loves me so much as he loves me, I respond to that love. I find my heart responding to his tremendous love for me. As my heart responds to his love, I’m drawn unto him in this deep loving relationship. As the Lord said to the Nation of Israel through the Old Testament prophet, “I have loved thee with an everlasting love, therefore have I drawn thee with loving-kindness”.
We will see that the interpretation of the relationship of God to Israel is also a very correct interpretation. God related to Israel in a marriage and God looked upon Israel as his bride that he had chosen, that he had called, that he had elected. When Israel turned from God and worshiped other gods, he saw that as spiritual adultery, turning away from him. Throughout the whole Old Testament we find this relationship with God with Israel as God considered Israel married to him. Thus that faithfulness that was required of the wife. Now in the New Testament, the church married to Jesus, the same is true. There is that bond and any love that you have for another god such as money, power, education or pleasure and you begin to worship these, Jesus sees that as again spiritual adultery or fornication.
As Jesus is addressing himself to the churches of Asia, in Revelation chapters two and three, when he gets to the church of Thyatira he rebukes that church, also Pergamos because of their spiritual fornication, their lusting after other things, desiring other things and letting their love for other things replace their love for him. You remember his message to the church of Ephesus? It was a church that had all kinds of commendation. They were a working church, they were a discerning church and yet the Lord said, “I have this against thee in that you have left your first love. Repent and go back and do your first works over”. He’s crying out to them because they had left that first love and of course is that progress we see in Pergamos; they turned away into idolatry and into spiritual fornication. Thus the word of the Lord to Theatre because you’ve allowed that woman Jezebel to seduce you and to cause you to commit this spiritual fornication. Therefore I will cast you and those who commit fornication with her into the great tribulation unless you repent”. The Lord calling to the church to come back to that first love, to come back to that deep, intimate loving relationship.
There are many people who have not yet experienced this loving relationship with God. They go to church as sort of a performance kind of an activity or sometimes out of obligation. They have a sense of obligation to be moral and to be community pillars and to live a proper life and it’s proper to go to church, it’s accepted culturally. Church to them is an obligation, a duty. They don’t really know the intimacy of a relationship with Jesus.
Thus the book of Song of Solomon is just sort of a “what’s that?” there is no comprehension because they haven’t experienced that kind of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ that you can experience. That glorious loving relationship where you are just caught up in rapture with his glory, with his beauty, with the wonder of his love for you. Where you just sit at times just letting your cup overflow with the consciousness of his love and of his presence and of his goodness, where you pour out your heart and soul to him and your expressions of love.
Years ago the Lord brought me into a very special loving relationship with him. No longer was I in sort of a legal relationship with God. I grew up in a legal relationship with the Lord. Under this legal relationship I tried to live on the border, to get away with as much as I could but still be inside. I was always trying to drive the fine line between “was it right or was it wrong?” as a Christian, what can I do and what shouldn’t I…how far can I go, how close can I get and still be a Christian? How close can I live to the world and still be a child of God? I was always trying to define the borderline because I wanted to live on the border. When he brought me into a loving relationship, no longer was I concerned where the borderline was. My concern was how close can I live to him? That’s been the concern of my life. How close can I live to my Lord? How can I please him? What would please him? No longer is “is it right or is it wrong?” it’s would he find this pleasing? Thus this loving relationship of grace that I have discovered liberated me from that struggle of trying to find the borderline. It liberated me to that full relationship of love that I just enjoy so fully.
There’s a chorus that I sing to the Lord; I learned it years ago. When we’re just alone together, I like to sing love songs to him. It’s something that is so deep and so rich and so personal that I don’t talk about it very much, just like I don’t talk about my relationship with my wife, it’s none of your business. It’s a very private, deep, intimate experience that we have with each other and you go talking about it to everybody because there’s an intimacy there, there’s a closeness there, there’s a oneness there.

“My Jesus I love thee, I love thee I do. Thy beauty enthralls me thy joy does fill my soul. My Jesus I love thee, I love thee I do.”

So when you come into this loving relationship with the Lord, you know the joy. You know the glory, you know the excitement of his presence, the excitement of your heart being so filled with love and the one that you love is there, he’s with you. All of the joy, the joy of the touch, the excitement, the electricity that you feel when you are with the one you love. Seeing it in that light you can understand it. If you haven’t come to that love then you think “can that really be?”
THE song of songs, which is Solomon’s (1:1).
Now first of all, the bride begins to speak. She speaks of her longing for him.
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine. Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee (1:2-3).
That desire, that closeness of “let him kiss me” (1:2) and his name is like ointment poured forth. There was a song that we sing, “Jesus, O how sweet the name. Jesus, everyday the same. Jesus, let all saints proclaim its worthy praise forever”. It’s like a perfume. It becomes so rich to you, just the name of Jesus. You love “the name of Jesus is so sweet. I love its music to repeat. It makes my joy full and complete, the precious name of Jesus. Jesus how sweet the name”. Like ointment poured forth. When you really begin to understand how much he loves you and you come into this loving relationship with him, you love the name of Jesus. You love to form it on your lips. There’s just something about it, you can speak it in such a way that it becomes so wonderful.
I have a little grandson who says grandpa in the most loving way, adoring way, worshipful way. He looks at me and he says, “grandpa” just sort of in awe like that’s my grandpa. I love it. It’s so filled with adoration and awe. He’s the little one that comes running out sometimes on Sunday night after the service. He sits back in my office and when he hears me sing the Lords prayer he knows that service is over. He makes for the door and comes running to meet me and says, “grandpa”. That’s the way it is with the name of Jesus when you are really in love him and when you stand in awe of his glory and of his wondrous grace and say, “Jesus”.
“The name of the Lord,” Solomon said, “is a strong tower. The righteous runneth into it and are safe”. How many times I’ve run into the name of Jesus when I was pressured, when I was in danger, when things were really looking bad I’d say, “O Jesus” and I’d run to it. I’d find the strength and the comfort and the name of Jesus. It’s like ointment poured forth.
Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee (1:4).
She speaks of her love and of the glory of the relationship. He brings me into his chambers, I’m glad, I rejoice in his presence there and the love that he has. Now she speaks of herself.
I am black, (1:5).
The word in Hebrew is really sort of dark skinned or sun tanned.
but comely, [beautiful] O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon. Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: (1:5-6).
She is speaking about how she hasn’t really taken care of herself. She has been working out in the fields.
my mother’s children were angry with me; (1:6).
Maybe she was a stepchild. Sort of a Cinderella who had to do all of the scrubbing and everything else. The wicked sisters mistreated her.
they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept (1:6).
Beautiful and tanned by the sun but she had not had the opportunities of all of the kinds of beautifications that come within the courts of the king. She’s more of a girl of nature, a girl of the country but extremely beautiful.
Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest a noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions? (1:7).
Tell me where you are, I want to be with you, I really don’t want to be with anybody else.
Mary Magdalene had a tremendous love for Jesus, and rightfully so. Before Jesus had met Mary Magdalene, her life was of abject misery. Mary Magdalene live a life of torment because there were seven evil spirits that had inhabited her body. A multiple personality tormented by these evil spirits that inhabited her body. But Jesus cast the seven demons out of Mary Magdalene; he set her free, he made her life worth living. She so appreciated and so loved what the Lord did; she was constantly doing what she could for him. She owed her life to him, she knew that and she devoted her life to Jesus. When Jesus was crucified she was standing there at the cross, her heart being ripped out.
Early on Sunday morning she went with some of the other lady’s to the tomb. They found the tomb empty. The lady’s ran back to tell the disciples that the tomb was empty but Mary lingered around the tomb. The angel said, “Woman why are you weeping?” and she said, “Because they have taken away my Lord and I don’t know where they have put him”. Now here were angels talking to her and suddenly there is one who appears there in the garden, it’s early in the morning and you can’t see well and her eyes are filled with tears anyhow. Her vision is blurred. She thought that it was the gardener probably, but he asked her the same question, “Woman why are you weeping?” She turned from the angels.
I find that very fascinating because when your heart is yearning for Jesus, even angels won’t do. If you had an angel talking to you you’d probably be so excited and so fixed on them saying, “Wow an angel. A real angel”. I tell you, when you want Jesus your heart is yearning for him, even angels won’t do. She turned from the angels and said, “Sir, if you only tell me where you have taken him, I’ll carry him away”. Oh the strength of love. I imagine Mary was a typical frail woman.
I hope I didn’t say something wrong. I think that the ugliest thing in the world are these bodybuilding women. I think it’s grotesque. Who wants a woman who can press two hundred pounds? I won’t go any further.
I think that Jesus was a man’s man. I don’t think he could have taken all he took in the realm of beatings and the crucifixion without really being a man’s man. I see him as a man’s man.
The scriptures speak of him being a carpenter but there is some discussion about that now because they believe that maybe the words should be translated a stone mason. They really didn’t build houses out of wood, they built houses out of stone and probably handling those stones while growing up made him really well built, strong and muscular. No doubt he probably weighed quite a bit. Here’s little Mary saying to what she thought was a gardener, “You just tell me where he is and I’ll carry him away”. I think she would have and could have. The strength of Love. And Jesus said, “Mary” and she recognized that “Mary” and she cried, “Rabboni” and she ran over and grabbed him around the neck in a death hold, like a person who was drowning. Jesus said, “Mary, don’t cling to me” she was hanging on like you got away once but you will never get away again. The love, that kind of loving relationship that the Lord desires to have with you.
So I desire no other. Tell me where you keep your flocks at noon. I don’t want to be around the other flocks and their companions. He answers her.
If thou knowest not, O thou fairest among women, go thy way forth by the footsteps of the flock, and feed thy kids beside the shepherds’ tents (1:8).
The bridegroom continues to speak to her.
I have compared thee, O my love, to a company of horses in Pharaoh’s chariots. Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels, thy neck with chains of gold. We will make thee borders of gold with studs of silver (1:9-11).
Thus his response to her is a loving response. That which he wishes and desires and is going to do for her. The things that the Lord desires to do for you because of his love for you, the establishing of your life and the enriching of your life with his fullness. She responds in verse twelve.
While the king sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof. A bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved unto me; (1:12).
A little bag of fragrance spices.
he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts. My beloved is unto me as a cluster of camphire in the vineyard of Engedi (1:13-14).
A very sweet and beautiful plant that grows to about six to seven feet tall. In the springtime, when it is blossoming, it fills the whole area with fragrance. Sort of like Orange County used to be.
I feel sorry for you that are new comers to Orange County. I came here years ago when you knew why it was named Orange County. It was covered with orange trees. The whole area of Garden Grove and Tustin and Orange just all orange orchards. Coming in from Corona when you came over from that Santa Ana canyon and that pass there, it was called Olive in those days, the whole area in May would have a fragrance of Orange blossoms. Growing up, as kid you wake up in the morning and the whole city was just scented with orange blossoms, it was glorious.
Thus this camphire in Engedi the whole area has that sweet fragrance. The fragrance of the presence of our Lord, how glorious it is. My beloved is to me as a sweet fragrance permeating the atmosphere. He responds to her again.
Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves’ eyes. (1:15).
She responds to him.
Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant also our bed is green. The beams of our house are cedar, and our rafters of fir (1:17).
She is actually saying that she’s a girl of the outdoors. The bed is green, that is the grassy hillsides. The beams of our house are the cedar trees and the rafters of our house are the fir trees; it’s the setting for this beautiful love story.
There are divisions as to who is speaking in verse one. Some believe that this is the groom speaking and others believe that it is still the bride speaking.
I AM the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys. (2:1).
Our hymnology has made that Christ and we sing that he is the lily of the valley and the bright and morning star. You can take your choice so who knows? It’s a spiritual allegory so you are free to allegorize as you see fit and what pleases you best on that. Either one will do. I more or less see it as the word of Christ. The lily of the valleys is thought to be the anemone that covers the fields and the hillsides in the springtime in Israel. A beautiful red and blue and white flowers, the poppy’s; they are just glorious in their beauty. Now this is the groom speaking.
As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters (2:2).
As the lily of the valley she is the lily among thorns. She stands out; there’s that beauty even in the midst of the ugliness. The beauty with which Jesus sees the church that is filled with such ugliness and yet he sees his church that which he loves.
As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, (2:3).
She is speaking now and will be speaking now until we get to verse ten.
As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste (2:3).
The apple tree in the woods, most of the trees of the woods do not bare fruit. If you find an apple tree in the midst of the woods it’s great because the apple tree does provide sustenance and quenches thirst. So Jesus to us is the one who provides our sustenance, he quenches that thirst within our spirit.
I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste (2:3).
My wife was sharing with me that she used this scripture to share with the ministers’ wives concerning our relationship. She said that she was very pleased and happy to dwell in my shadow, not looking for recognition or prominence or whatever for herself, but just that contentment of dwelling in my shadow. I was touched and moved by that. So it is in our relationship with Jesus, that contentment of dwelling in shadow, delighting in dwelling in his shadow. Let him be exalted, let him be praised and glorified; to dwell in his shadow is such a blessing and such a delight. So “I sat in his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste” (2:3).
He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love (2:4).
There in the great banqueting house I was seated next to the king and his banner over my life is love. He loves me, he love me with an everlasting love.
Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love (2:5).
I’m about to pass out; I’m so in love, I’m ready to go into a swoon because of love. “Stay me with flagons,” (2:5) give me something to eat because I’m about ready to pass out because of the love that I feel. He comes to comfort her.
His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me. I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up nor awake my love, till he please (2:6-7).
Don’t disturb him; don’t awake him until he pleases. O such love.
The voice of my beloved! Behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice (2:8-9).
Those glimpses that I get of the Lord, those insights that the spirit gives me.
My beloved spake, and said unto me, (2:10).
So now the groom is speaking.
Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; the fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear they voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely [beautiful] (2:10-14).
In the spiritual allegorizing of this is they see this as the time of the return of Jesus Christ. He is inviting the bride to arise and to come away into the glorious future that God has for the church. “Come ye blessed of the father, inherit the kingdom that was prepared for you from the foundations of the earth”. They see this as the invitation of the groom to the bride.
The winter is past, that long night and that long winter of sins reign upon the earth. The cold and tragic results, the winter brings a deadness to the land, a deadness to the trees, a bareness but that’s over. It’s springtime, the flowers are beginning to come forth and the fig tree, and this is of course where the Nation of Israel comes in. The Nation of Israel is in parable the fig tree. It is used as an allegory for the Nation of Israel and also the vine. God speaks of Israel as the vine and how he did his best to cultivate the vine, but it only brought forth the wild grapes and thus the vineyard was let go and it was overrun.
Both pictures of the end of that period of winter, sort of speak, in relationship and the coming of spring, the flowers appearing, the singing of the birds, the fig tree putting forth the figs and “my dove, you are in the clefts of the rock” (2:14), they see us there as in Christ. He is our rock and our lives are hid there in the cleft of the rock. That place of refuge and strength that we find in Jesus Christ. Thus she speaks.
Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes. My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies. Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether (2:15-17).
Until the day break, that glorious day of the Lord and the shadows flee way. We no longer see through the glass darkly but then face to face. Lord until that day breaks, that glorious day of the Lord, be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether.
She relates a dream that she had in chapter three.
BY night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not. I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not. The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, Saw ye him whom my soul loveth? It was but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go, until I had brought him into my mother’s house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me. I charge you, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, by the roes, and by the hinds of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake my love, till he please (3:1-5).
That feeling of having lost him, searching for him, inquiring about him and then finding him and the joy and the excitement. “Found him whom my soul loves, I found him, I held him and I would not let him go until I brought him into my mothers house, the chamber of her that conceived me” (3:4).
Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant? Behold his bed, which is Solomon’s threescore [sixty] valiant men are about it, of the valiant of Israel (3:6-7).
This is one of those magnificent couches or beds with the tapestries that they would carry. The sixty men where carrying this sort of chariot with out wheels. It was a gloriously fixed up bed or room with a bed that was carried by the men.
In the weddings of those days, the bride to be would be waiting with the virgins who were the bride’s attendants. She would not know exactly when the groom was going to come. It was always sort of a mystery and an intrigue where he is going to come and get me soon and I don’t know exactly when. There was all of that waiting and anticipation, waiting for the singing to come down the street, they know the groom is on the way with this bed chamber kind of a thing. The guys would be carrying it and he would be sitting in it and they would come and stand before the house and she would come out and enter into this bedchamber with him. All of this is at the rejoicing and partying at the marriage of the bride and groom.
She sees Solomon, the king, with this great bed that is carried by these sixty fellows. Perfumed with myrrh and frankincense. The valiant men of Israel about it.
They all hold swords, being expert in war: every man hath his sword upon his thigh because of fear in the night. King Solomon made himself a chariot (3:8:9).
It describes this chariot that he had made.
of the wood of Lebanon [cedar]. He made the pillars thereof of silver, the bottom thereof of gold, the covering of it of purple, the midst thereof being paved with love, for the daughters of Jerusalem. Go forth, O ye daughters of Zion, and behold king Solomon with the crown wherewith his mother crowned him in the day of his espousals, an in the day of the gladness of his heart (3:9-11).
The glorious communion as the bride speaks of the glory of the groom and this neutral kind of a chariot that is coming.
We’ll continue this love song as we next week take chapters four through six.
Let me encourage you, as you read, to try to figure out for yourself when the bride is speaking and when the groom is speaking. As you read it, seek to relate to it in your relationship to Jesus Christ. Ask yourself, “Do I have this kind of an intimate loving relationship with my Lord? Are these the things I feel about him? Am I so in love, so deeply in love with Jesus that I find myself thinking about him all the time? Do I find my heart yearning for him, desiring to be with him?” As you read the words of the groom for the bride, realize that’s just how Jesus feels about you, his tremendous love for you. It is greater than you will ever know.
In fact, there is one passage of scripture in Ephesians that I love. Paul is talking to us of God’s love and God’s grace and kindness towards us in Christ Jesus. He said, “throughout the ages to come he shall be revealing unto us what is the exceeding richness of his love and of his kindness towards us in Christ Jesus”. Jesus loves you so much; it will take all eternity to reveal it. Throughout the ages to come he will be revealing what is the exceeding richness of his love towards you. Love so great, it will take all eternity to comprehend. He loves me with an everlasting love. He’s drawn me and because of that love I am constrained. “The love of Christ” Paul said, “constrains me”. I’m drawn by it to him and to service for him.
I pray that this week will be a week of revelation for each of you as the Lord reveals to you a little more of the depth of his love for you in Christ Jesus. That love that is so deep, so rich and so great that it is caused him to be inseparable from you. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” That love that just binds you to him. May you begin to experience it, may you begin to know it. May, as you read this, it begin to be kindled in your heart a new loving relationship. As Jesus said to the church of Ephesus, “I have this against you, you left your first love”.
It was a sad thing God, in talking to Israel through the prophet, he said, “Where is the love of the days of our espousal when I drew you out of Egypt in the wilderness. You were so in love with me, you wrote on your chariots love notes”. You had all kinds of neat bumper stickers on your horses that said, “Holiness unto the Lord”. Where is the love? God said, “What did I do that you would turn away? Where did I offend you? Where did I go wrong? Why is it that you don’t have that same intensity of love for me?” That’s basically what Jesus was saying to the church of Ephesus.
You left that first love, that intense love. So the call was to repent and to return, “do your first works over”. Remember from whence you have fallen. Remember that loving relationship that you used to have with him, when you were first saved, when you first came to Christ. You were so excited and so in love and so enthralled with him. Gradually, through the years, the cares of this life, the desire of other things, it sort of choked out. Jesus is calling to you as he did to the church of Ephesus, to return to that first love.
I pray that as we go through the Song of Solomon, it will be used by the spirit to sort of convict your heart if you have left that place of first love. You’ll be drawn back to that excitement, to that thrill. Anything, Lord I am yours. I am available Lord; I want to be with You. Lead me and guide me Lord. That glorious, glorious love. May you experience it. May you come back to it if you’ve left it.
Edited & Highlighted from “The Word For Today” Transcription, Pastor Chuck Smith, Tape #7239
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