Song of Solomon 1:4, 15; 4:7, 9 “Draw me after You and let us run together!  The King has brought me into His chambers.” . . . “We will extol Your love better than wine.” “How beautiful you are, my darling, how beautiful you are! Your eyes are like doves.” “You are altogether beautiful my darling, and there is no blemish in you. . . . You have made my heart beat faster, my sister, my bride; you have made my heart beat faster with a single glance of Your eyes.”

Observation: Theologians differ over how to interpret the Song of Solomon, also called the Song of all Songs. But for my own heart it is a settled matter. This writing is the supreme effort that could be made with words to describe the passion between the Lord Jesus Christ and His bride, those believers who have had a vision to become voluntary lovers of Christ.

Application: When Solomon wrote, “Draw me after You and let us run together,” he was reaching the limits of human language to describe this divine love affair.  When he wrote, “How beautiful are you, my darling, your eyes are like doves,” I understand how beautiful I am in the eyes of my lovesick bridegroom. Then, further in his statement, “You are altogether beautiful my darling; there is no blemish in you,” I find an echo of perhaps the most profound truth of Scripture. My beauty in His eyes—my attractiveness to Him—is purely His doing. If He sees no blemish in me it is because of the work He has done to perfect me.

How could a blemished one ever hope to sit at the wedding table with Jesus as bridegroom?

How could His hopeful bride ever undertake her own cleansing? Obviously, it can’t be done! But He has accomplished that wonderful work Himself, purchasing with His blood a bride worthy of Him. So, when He later says to you and me, “You have made my heart beat faster,” I know that the work is finished. I am His forever.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, Your unimaginable sacrifice has bought for You a bride without spot or blemish. Let the truth of that statement thunder about and within me all through this day, and every day for the rest of my life. Let me hear You singing this Song of all Songs over me, Lord Jesus. Cause me to enter into the Song, to fully surrender to the passionate love You have for me.