While the king is at his table, My spikenard(perfume) sends forth its fragrance.
We have been invited to the table of the Lord. There will be a very real day that we will physically sit at the table for the “Marriage supper of the lamb” (Rev. 19:6-9). We have also been invited, in the present, to sit at the spiritual table of the Lord. This is a place of honor, to sit at the king’s table. It speaks of fellowship with Jesus; enjoying His presence while delighting in the food, which is the knowledge of Him. It is at the table spoken of in Psalm 23, where we feast upon the goodness of God in the presence of our enemies. Through every season, the highs and the lows, we have the Holy Spirit who escorts our hearts to the table of His Word.
Not only do we enjoy the king, but the King enjoys us. Through the redemptive work of Christ, our lives of devotion and obedience diffuses a pleasing fragrance. Earlier in the Song, the Shulamite expressed how delightful the fragrance of the king is, and now she recognizes that she is carrying that fragrance. This fragrance is beauty, the beauty of Jesus. Even though we are broken, we contain an incorruptible beauty that is Christ within. We are like the vile of costly perfume that Mary broke open at the feet of Jesus, releasing a fragrance from within. As we embrace Christ and Him Crucified, we are transformed from the inside out. In our lives poured out at His feet, we are living testimonies of His Gospel to the world around us.
“rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” – 1 Peter 3:4.
Paul expressed this reality in his letter to the Corinthians.
“For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.” -2Corinthians 2:15.
Written by Zack Roberts