The Holy Spirit Guards and Affirms Strategic Spiritual Seasons (Song of Songs 2:7)

I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, By the gazelles or by the does of the field, Do not stir up nor awaken love Until it pleases. In the Shulamite's journey, she has been led by the Lord into a focused season of sitting under the apple tree with Him. This is where she is … Continue reading The Holy Spirit Guards and Affirms Strategic Spiritual Seasons (Song of Songs 2:7)

Deep is Calling out to Deep (Song of Songs 2:5)

Sustain me with cakes of raisins, Refresh me with apples, For I am lovesick. While the Shulamite was at the "wedding table" with the king, a deeper longing is awakened in her heart. In the Lord's presence, the depths of our hearts call out to the depths of His heart. It is as though God … Continue reading Deep is Calling out to Deep (Song of Songs 2:5)

Finding Rest in the Finished Work of the Cross (Song of Songs 2:3)

Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods, So is my beloved among the sons. I sat down in his shade with great delight, And his fruit was sweet to my taste. Jesus is my Beloved and He is like an apple tree among the trees of the woods. He stands out among … Continue reading Finding Rest in the Finished Work of the Cross (Song of Songs 2:3)

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 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)

The Voice of Jesus (Revelation 1:10)

I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet,  There are differing interpretations of what John meant by being "in the Spirit." I think that He was communing with the Holy Spirit in prayer.  There are also differing interpretations of "the Lord's Day." … Continue reading The Voice of Jesus (Revelation 1:10)

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)

God Bookends Creation (Revelation 1:8)

  “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” This title that God declares of Himself is in relationship to the earth. I make this assessment because He is the one who "is to come." The theme of … Continue reading God Bookends Creation (Revelation 1:8)

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)