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

Jesus’ Response to Our Devotion to Him (Song of Songs 1:15)

Behold, you are fair (beautiful), my love! Behold, you are fair (beautiful)! You have dove’s eyes. The Shulamite has just expressed her love and devotion to the king. Like the King, in this song, who is speaking to the Shulamite; Jesus speaks to us. Can you hear Him speaking to you in response to your … Continue reading Jesus’ Response to Our Devotion to Him (Song of Songs 1:15)

Jesus is all together Lovely (Song of Solomon 1:14)

 My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blooms In the vineyards of En Gedi.  The Shulamite is speaking of King Solomon, her beloved. "Henna" is a shrubbery or small tree with fragrant flowers. The "vineyards of En Gedi" were well known for their beauty and pleasing fragrance.  Jesus, our beloved, is like a … Continue reading Jesus is all together Lovely (Song of Solomon 1:14)

Knowing Christ and Him Crusified (Song of Songs 1:13)

A bundle of myrrh is my beloved to me, That lies all night between my breasts.  The Shulamite compares king Solomon with a bundle of myrrh resting upon her heart. Myrrh was most commonly used as a costly burial spice; this speaks of the cross. Treasured above all else is Christ and His Cross. It … Continue reading Knowing Christ and Him Crusified (Song of Songs 1:13)

Enjoyed by God (Song of Songs 1:12)

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, … Continue reading Enjoyed by God (Song of Songs 1:12)

Beautified with Divine Character and Redemption (Song of Songs 1:11)

We will make you ornaments of gold With studs of silver. The Lord works with His people to accomplish His good plans and purposes. What is He seeking to accomplish in our lives? The "ornaments of gold" speak of divine character and the "studs of silver" speak of redemption. He is taking time, with intentionality … Continue reading Beautified with Divine Character and Redemption (Song of Songs 1:11)

Jesus Adorns the Believer with Beauty (Song of Songs 1:10)

Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments, Your neck with chains of gold.  The king continues to declare the beauty of the Shulamite using agricultural poetic language. Jesus Calls forth beauty in the heart of the believer, even in their immaturity. He sees deeper than our brokenness.  Emotions can usually be discerned in a person's cheeks. … Continue reading Jesus Adorns the Believer with Beauty (Song of Songs 1:10)