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>A Good Church is Important – Song 1:6

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“…my mother’s children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept.” – Song 1:6b (KJV)

“Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon…?” Song 1:7a (KJV)

“If thou know not, O thou fairest among women, go thy way forth by the footsteps of the flock, and feed thy kids beside the shepherds’ tents.” – Song 1:8 (KJV)

Where do you go when you live in a hostile environment, you have personal failures, and you have lost your way? Where do you go when you want to know more about God but the Bible is a closed book, when you want to pray but you don’t know how, when you come to the end of your rope and there’s no knot there.

That’s the question this woman asks, “Tell me”, she says to her love, “Where do you (God) feed and make your flocks rest at noon (when it is the hottest)?

His answer – “Go…by the footsteps of the flock…” That would be God’s people, His flock, a good, loving, bible believing church – there are those, still. “The Shepherds” would be godly pastors who really care about their people – there are those, too. Find a little church with a pastor who’s ambition is to know his people and not make a name for himself, then hang around. Let them show you, at least initially, how following Jesus is done.

Sure there are hypocrites in the Church, but attend anyway, there’s is always room for one more.

– FAL

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>The Song of Solomon is filled with over-the-top complements. These people are really into praising each other; it’s even a little embarrassing.

“I have compared thee, O my love, to a company of horses in Pharaoh’s chariots”, he says to her.

“A bundle of myrrh is my wellbeloved unto me”, she says to him

Later in the Song they start praising each other’s teeth, noses, and necks – What’s that all about?!

The devotional use of this is not, I don’t think, in the individual items praised throughout the Song but in the fact they are lavishing upon each other expressions of adoration. They are not trying to complement each other for the other’s sake, they are enjoying each other through praise. The praise completes and enhances the enjoyment.

We do this to Christ in our worship songs and hymns. Look at the lyrics of “Victory in Jesus”

O Victory in Jesus,
My savior for ever
He Sought me and Bought me
With His redeeming blood,
He loved me ‘ere I knew him,
and all my love is due him!
He plunged me to Victory
Beneath the cleansing flood!

Our love in enhanced as we sing praises to and about Him – not about His teeth, nose, or neck but His victory, love, redeeming blood, Him seeking and buying us.

And, as in the Song of Solomon where it is not just the woman praising him, but him also praising her, the Bible says God sings over us!

“The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.” – Zephaniah 3:17

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>His Terms and Timing – Song 1:04

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“Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers; we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.” – Song 1:4 (KJV)

Our attraction to Jesus is the response to Him drawing us to Himself.

The wind is invisible so how do we know when it’s blowing? We feel it on our exposed skin. We don’t make up the feeling, we recognize it. Likewise we don’t just decide to go to God, He draws and we respond.

That “twinge” in our conscience to, initially, give our lives to Christ is Him calling us to Himself. That periodic desire to stop what we are doing, get alone and pray is, likewise, God calling us to Himself.

God’s gift of “rest”, or inner peace, is a limited time offer in that we must respond when He offers or miss out.

…he limiteth a certain day…Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” (Hebrews 4:7) (KJV)

Don’t think you can respond tomorrow, when it’s more convenient, if you feel His heart tug today! Go when He calls!

It’s when we recognize this and go to Him when we feel that pull to prayer that it is the sweetest. Sure, we can ask to be called; that, too, is initiated by Him. Sometimes we are like Moses who went up to a Mountain and waited six days, alone, until God call him closer.

If we go, and sometimes even wait, the reward is great!

– FAL

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Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee. – Song 1:3 (KJV)

Smell uniquely ties memory and feelings together in a way the other senses do not. Smell enhances our experience, evokes a reaction on a subconscious level, and brings back memories long forgotten.

Driving south of Houston, recently, the scent of humid salt air flooded me with childhood memories of camping on the beach with my dad. One scent and I was there, in my thoughts, on the beach eating crunchy hot dogs and swimming in the surf.

The Song of Solomon compares Jesus’ name to the “savour (smell) of …good ointments” and says his name is “as ointment poured forth”. An ointment poured forth means the lid is off and it’s sending out its smell, like what we did in college when we wanted guests – pop corn and open the doors!

To some the name of Jesus evokes repulsion, but to others there is a feeling of peace and attraction. It is not a mental thing, it is deeper than that. The pure in heart (symbolized, here, by the “virgins”) love him.

The wonderful thing is that naturally dull and evil hearts can be changed; he paid for that with his life’s blood and gives it upon request.

– fritz

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>Kisses of His mouth – Song 1:02

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Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine. – Song 1:2 (KJV)

I am finding hidden treasure using the Song of Solomon as a devotional aid, interpreting the imagery to understand the relationship between me and Jesus, my savior.

The initial hurdle, for a man, is the idea of kissing. We are not “kissing” Jesus.

But “kissing” is often applied in non-literal ways, even in our current culture. If I told you my back tire kissed the curb, yesterday, when I turned into my neighborhood, you would know exactly what I meant.

“Kiss”, in this way, means a brief encounter which leaves a lasting impression and “Mouth”, when applied to Christ, means the Word of God.

Devotionally, we interpret this passage to mean a desire/prayer for a God-given encounter with his word, the Bible, specifically applied in a way that leaves lasting results.

-FAL

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“The song of songs, which is Solomon’s…thy love is better than wine.” – Song of Solomon 1:1, 2b (KJV)

If what the Bible says in 2nd Timothy 3:16 is true, that “all scripture is inspired by God… and profitable…” then the Song of Solomon is included.

Armed with that I decided to try using it devotionally and found it wonderful – but there are a few hurdles to overcome.

There is no denying the sexual overtones but, taking the Song as a metaphor, there is something to learn.

There is a certain excitement stirred between two attracted “lovers” which is more than physical. There is an interest, a freshness, a desire for more, which captures the attention and can’t be explained by reason. Disinterested parties sometimes comment, “What does she see in him!?”.

The subject of classic movies like the “Beauty and the Beast”, something “clicks” between two people and the adventure begins.

Likewise, there is an non-physical something that “clicks” between the saved and their Savior and an adventure begins. There is an excitement stirred when one really catches a true glimpse of what God offers, individually and collectively, in Jesus Christ. The attention is captured, the interest peaked, and a breath of freshness occurs with God which others just don’t comprehend.

The marvelous thing about that is its availability for all who accept Jesus as their Lord and Savour and His love is better than any joy inducing elixir mankind can devise.

– Fritz

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