Scripture reading for July 16th: Song of Songs 1-8
Solomon was a poet and song writer. It is recorded that he wrote 3000 proverbs and 1005 songs! (1st Kings 4:32) This song is recorded as the best of all his songs! It is a love story or play written with a small cast of characters. There is the “lover” who is Solomon and the “beloved” who is his Shulammite bride. There are the “friends” that are friends of the bride. They are part of the bridal company awaiting the arrival of the bridegroom. This song gives insight into the powerful pull of love on the hearts of two who are to be married and describes details of their thought life as they anticipate being intimately together.
“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth–for your love is more delightful than wine. Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out. No wonder the maidens love you! Take me away with you–let us hurry! Let the king bring me into his chambers.” (Song of Songs 1:2-4) The beloved speaks of her desire for her man, the king. She is intoxicated with love for him and desires to be taken away and alone with him. Even his name brings her sensory pleasure like a sweet-smelling perfume poured out!
“My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.” (Song of Songs 2:14) The king speaks tenderly to his bride. He desires to see her face and hear her voice. She is special to him and while they are apart, thoughts of her beauty and sweet voice arouse desire to be close.
“Where has your lover gone, most beautiful of women? Which way did you lover turn, that we may look for him with you?” (Song of Songs 6:1) The friends encouraged the bride as she pursued her lover who had slipped away. These friends are part of the bridal company of virgins awaiting the coming of the bridegroom. As we look at these verses of this ancient song, we remember that Jesus Christ is our heavenly bridegroom and His church is the bride. We, the Church, await His return and prepare for a face to face meeting that will last for eternity! Are you ready?