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Numbers 6; Psalm 40, 41; Song of Solomon 4; Hebrews 4

I don’t know about you, but I am a sucker for a great love story. The sappier the better. It usually goes something like this. Two people meet. They fall in love. But something gets in the way. A heart is broken. But then, somehow, against all odds, they finally get back together and live happily ever after. It never gets old to me.

It is not something I often think about – but the Bible is a passionate love story. A love story beyond all love stories. A redemptive love story.

Adoration, passion and intimacy are modeled poetically for us in Song of Solomon (NIV).

9You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride;
    you have stolen my heart
with one glance of your eyes,
    with one jewel of your necklace.
10 How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride!
    How much more pleasing is your love than wine,
and the fragrance of your perfume
    more than any spice!

We love God but it is often hard to know how to adequately love him back. How could we ever give back to Him? As David says in Psalm 40 (NIV):

5None can compare with you;
    were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
    they would be too many to declare.

But much like a wife longs to “just be” with her husband, what God wants most is our presence. Our whole being. Not doing something. Not producing something but just being wholly, completely, with Him.

Close your eyes as you listen to this song and listen to Him as He bids you to draw near.

Lord, Thank you for loving me. For claiming me as your own, even though it came with such an incredible cost. Help me to “just be” with you.

Ann (naturelady)

 

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Numbers 3; Psalm 37; Song of Solomon 1; Hebrews 1

These are the names of the sons of Aaron: Nadab the firstborn, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar – Numbers 3:2 NRSV

I wonder how Moses felt seeing the sons of Aaron given lineage to the house of Levi while he had nothing to pass down to any of his family. As I just entered my 55 year and entitled to my first seniors discount at my local pharmacy, I look back at my life and see the hand of God.  I am sure Moses saw the same.

Do not fret…Trust in the Lord…Take delight in the Lord…Commit your way to the Lord…Be still before the Lord… – Psalm 37:1-7 NRSV

I had a pastor that loved Psalm 37 and preached it often.  So my life was shaped by  these truths and the promises are real. The relationship I have experienced with God is one where worry and anxiousness are replaced with peace, where faith grows so much through each encounter with Him that trust becomes second nature, where I look forward to spending time with God just to enjoy His presence, to understand that where I am He wants me to be His and to take time not only to do the talking but the listening as well.

Ah, you are beautiful, my love;
    ah, you are beautiful;
    your eyes are doves.
 Ah, you are beautiful, my beloved,
    truly lovely. – Solomon 1:15-16

Jesus has made that happen.  I was introduced to Jesus when I was 14 years old having attended a Sunday School class only for the third time.  I knew who He was, no one ever told me why.

But in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son,[a] whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds.  He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains[b] all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high – Hebrews 1:2-3 NRSV

Lord, I find it easier and easier to call you my Lord as You engage into my life and where everything in my life matters to You.  As You make my life matter, more and more I realize that all that really is important in this life is knowing and following You.  May my heart never find itself in a place where I take You and Your presence for granted.  May I share my inheritance with those who do not have the same hope, may my testimony set people free, may Your grace always sustain me, may You be glorified and praised because of what You have done in my life.  You are beautiful, my love…

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Song of Solomon 4-6; 2 Thessalonians 1

… a love so deep… our words fail to describe it!

Turn your eyes away, for they overpower me. Song of Solomon 6:5

When God sends us blessings, sometimes they are nearly overwhelming in their perfection, as the lover’s eyes were to her man. They were almost more beautiful than his heart could take.

In His uncompromising way, God desires only the best for us. With that desire always in mind, He goes to joyful lengths to make His blessings an ideal fit for each of us, particularly when it comes to love, which He takes very seriously, being love Himself!

Since God created marriage as a picture of His relationship with His church, it goes without saying that God puts the utmost care into creating our love relationships. He desires that our relationships and marriages exhibit such deep love that our partners are awestruck by His blessings. Through our marriages, He also wants to show an example of His love to a world that doesn’t understand its unconditional quality… to a world that starves for more than its own unsatisfying imitation of the real thing.

Whether God has already given us a spouse, is in the process of bringing two people together, has yet to reveal our true love, or simply wants us to know Him as our truest love, He wants to shower us with His unconditional, unlimited love. When we experience it, we won’t be able to fully comprehend its richness. Even so, it will have us praising Him endlessly, as the two lovers in Song of Solomon couldn’t find enough ways to express their feelings for each other.

Let us learn of God’s love… to lean on it, and to let ourselves trust it to guide us further into its unlimited blessings!

Heavenly Father… Your love is beyond our understanding, and we thank You for it. Please broaden our experience of Your love more each day so our ability to love grows more completely, and so others will be blessed by Your loving character through us. Amen!

Greg Stefanelli (gstefanelli)

… and if you have time to hear these amazing words with song…

 

 

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Song of Songs 6-8; Galatians 1

For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10 NKJV

I am a people pleaser…it has been my downfall at times. But, it can also be one of those weaknesses that turns me back towards Jesus. Usually it is when I have exhausted all of my energy trying to make everyone happy. I hear Him tell me to come and find my rest in Him.  I am His beloved.

I am my beloved’s And my beloved is mine.” Song of Songs 6:3 NKJV

I can find rest in knowing that He loves me unconditionally. He offers a gift that is free. And so many times I want to make it more complicated than it needs to be. Just as Courtney talked about in her post last Thursday, I need to stop, slow down and enjoy being with my Jesus. To soak up His presence. I am blown away to think that He enjoys being with me.

I read this the other day from Ann Voskamp and it really spoke to my heart… “And Lord, we can feel it, You gently smoothing out the tension lines and undoing our knots with that whisper: “I know you well and you are special to me. I know you by name. I’m the One who named You!  So when You call us ‘Beloved, we turn and answer to our truest name and believe the Namer of the stars has named You His…”You are Mine.” The God who made, named and numbers the stars, names you and pays attention to you and what matters to you, matters into Him and that is what changes your life, what renames you…Wanted. Beloved. Held.”

Dear Father, thank You for loving me enough to die for my sins. Help me to love others with the same extravagant love that You have shown me. Amen.

Set me as a seal upon your heart, As a seal upon your arm, For love is as strong as death, Jealousy as cruel as the grave; Its flames are flames of fire, A most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, Nor can the floods drown it.” Song of Songs 8:7 NKJV

Amy(amyctanner)

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Song of Solomon 1-3; 2 Corinthians 12

“Love, love, love.  All we need is love.”  So the song goes, not Solomon’s but the Beatles. I’m a believer in love, especially after traversing the white waters of marriage over the last 38 years. If someone were to ask me, “How have you stayed in one relationship for those many years,” I would probably answer, “I can never stay mad at him long, once he flashes his George Strait smile.” Yet, the complicated history of our marriage begs to differ.

I have only half of the picture, but my half looks something like the few anxious comments wedged into the Song of Solomon.  In chapter 1, verse 6, the bride-to-be has a moment of self-doubt about her beauty and worthiness when she tells the other lovelies in the king’s court, “Do not look upon me, because I am dark, because the sun has tanned me. My mother’s sons were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards.”  The bride’s background was not royalty and she looked different than the others. Likewise, I compared myself to those who had pedigrees, great hair, or designer jeans.  I never came out ahead, so my insecurities in marriage, like hidden boulders in a river, required constant maneuvering by my husband to avoid an upset.

In a popular song of the early 50’s, Dean Martin sings, “When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore!” That is a delightful way of saying that love is blind, and looking back on the ‘honeymoon’ stage of marriage, I see now what my husband and I missed from the beginning. We were unaware until the big storms hit that we were taking on water at every turn. If anyone had warned us to work out our differences before marriage, I wonder if the ride would have been tamer. It is interesting to read the warning given to Solomon and his bride from her brothers: “Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes,” (Song of Solomon 2:15). Her brothers were well aware that little foxes creep into the vineyards and gnaw away at the roots of tender plants, just as the problems of life can gnaw away at a relationship.

However, it is the idea of marriage that may have piloted us to safety in some of the roughest waters. That idea begins in Genesis 2:24. “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” Also, hear Solomon’s bride’s passionate response to finding her lost love in Song of Solomon 3:4, “Scarcely had I passed by them, when I found the one I love. I held him and would not let him go.”

In my marriage, I have been clingy. Have I smothered my husband with my anxious worrying? Let’s just say that I’ve learned he has a limited amount of patience. Yet, we have thrown a lifeline to each other on more than one occasion, when one or the other threatened to capsize the boat.

Holding my marriage up as a model to be followed is without a doubt, foolish. I rely on Christ’s divine love to stay humble in this marriage (and in all my relationships), especially after reading Paul’s letter in 2 Corinthians 12: 7, which says, “And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelation, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. (Paul’s thorn was a painful, humiliating experience given to prevent pride.)  I would prefer NOT to be afflicted, so I end this love-letter with a blessing: Keep your eyes on Jesus and He will steer your vessel down the rapids of life.

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