The Song of All Songs
Day: 18 | Plan: Covenant
Today’s Reading: Song of Songs 1
Song of Songs 1:2-4a (NIV) “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth—for your love is more delightful than wine. Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out. No wonder the young women love you! Take me away with you—let us hurry! Let the king bring me into his chambers.”
Song of Songs is a celebration of romantic love. Parts of it may make you blush, but let me encourage you to simply rejoice in the creative genius of God. God created and ordained marriage between the first man and woman. Sexual intimacy was His idea. It is nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed by, but celebrated as a gift from God.
The words “Song of Songs” mean that it is “The greatest of all Songs.” It is similar to the Hebrew use of the words King of kings and Lord of lords. (Revelation 19:16)
Right from the beginning of Song of Songs, we read of a woman who is head over heels in love and desirous of her man. She longs for his kisses and wants him to take her away where they can be alone. She is anxious for the day when she will be in his chambers … but she knows they need to wait.
Have you ever stopped to think about the magnetism between a man and woman? Where did that come from? Why is it so strong? God put it there! Isn’t He ingenious?
God took great care to make sexual relations between husband and wife pleasurable, desirable and fulfilling. It is a sinful world that has taken God’s holy design and sullied it outside of the protective confines of marriage.
Part of the winsomeness of romantic love is the way a man and a woman see the beauty in one another’s physical features. While the woman is embarrassed that her skin is weathered from the sun, the man sees her as the most beautiful of all women.
“I liken you, my darling, to a mare among Pharaoh’s chariot horses” (Song of Songs 1:9). The king used only the most beautiful horses to pull his chariots. After the second millennium, the royals used only stallions because the female mares were too distracting. And believe me, this man was distracted.
“How beautiful you are, my darling!” he continues. “How handsome you are, my beloved!” she replies. (Song of Songs 1:15-16) The words “beautiful” and “handsome” are actually the feminine and masculine form of the same Hebrew word, showing their mutual affection and passion for each other.
Did you know that your heavenly Bridegroom feels the same about you? Not in a sexual way, but He delights in your beauty and marvels at His Father’s handiwork in creating you. You are lovely, adored and cherished. Your heavenly Bridegroom is head over heels in love with you and He is enthralled with your beauty.
The Song of Songs is primarily a celebration of romantic love as God intended. But it can also be seen as a reflection of Christ and the Church. The Bible begins with the marriage of Adam and Eve (Genesis 2:18-24) and ends with the marriage supper of the Lamb when Jesus comes back for His Church. (Revelation 19:6-9; 21:9; 22:17) How fitting that sandwiched between the two is the heart-stirring poetry of passion that is both earthly and spiritual, literal and symbolic. The wedding feast of the Lamb will truly be “The Greatest of all Songs.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for my earthly husband. I pray that You will help me make sure that he knows that I love him, desire him and respect him. Open my eyes to see his wonderful qualities and my mouth to speak admiring words. May our love continue to grow deep and our passion remain strong. And God, thank You for my heavenly Bridegroom, Jesus. I look forward to our wedding feast that is yet to come. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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