Dwelling with God (Song of Songs 1:16-17)

“Behold, you are handsome, my beloved! Yes, pleasant! Also our bed is green (NASB couch is luxuriant.) The beams of our houses are cedar, And our rafters of fir (NASB cypresses.) “

God is our dwelling place; in Him we grow and flourish. Much like David’s expression of desire, the Shulamite loves the Lord’s dwelling place. 

One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple.Psalm 27:4

How lovely is Your tabernacle, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, even faints For the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. –Psalm 84:1-2

God has made His dwelling place with us; for He now dwells within us as we dwell within Him. The bed expresses rest which is described as “green” or “luxuriant” which can speak of growth and fullness of life. When we abide in His presence, we find rest; and in resting in Jesus we grow in maturity and vibrancy. To abide and rest is to trust in who He is and who we are to Him. This is expressed in fellowship with Jesus through His Holy Spirit and responding in obedience to His word.  

“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. –John 15:9-10

Cypress and Cedars were known for their strength, pleasing fragrance, and were costly. Relationship with Jesus is a firm foundation and our covering. He is a shelter amidst all the trials in this life. Jesus is our protector. 

Zack Roberts — zackroberts.blog
Prayer Director at Ember

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