Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
September 23 Scripture Selection: Song of Solomon 1-3
Food for Thought: Song of Sol. 2:14
There many ways to read Song of Solomon, with many applications and interpretations. Those who read it at face value may find it a little “steamy” as it describes the relationship between the Shulamite woman and her beloved. In fact, it is often recommended that married couples read it together to ignite some sparks. However, there are others who find the book full of deep symbolism and useful for all readers, regardless of their marital status.
With the Beloved representing the bridegroom Christ, and the Shunamite woman representing His Bride, the Church, the book gives lengthy descriptions of the deep love between the two and an immense desire for intimacy and communion. That truly is an accurate portrayal of the yearning of our spirit to spend precious time communing with Jesus by His Spirit, and His desire for our spirit. Nothing else satisfies.
The Bride says to her Beloved, “O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.” The beautiful thing is that, when we go to the “secret place,” the still, quiet place within our spirit, we do indeed find Him there. He does shine His face on us, and we can hear His voice.
There are many scriptures that speak of that secret place with the Lord and the special communion with Him. Jesus refers to the secret place in Matthew 6:6 in discussing prayer, and it is also referred to in Psalm 91. Notice also the similarities of Psalm 27:4-5 as compared with Song of Solomon 2:14: “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.”
Thankfully, the relationship is not one-sided. The Lord longs for the sweet communion with the believers of the Church, as well. Psalm 25:14 (AMP) expresses this beautifully: “The secret [of the sweet, satisfying companionship] of the Lord have they who fear (revere and worship) Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its [deep, inner] meaning.” Similarly, Proverbs 3:32 (AMP) shows that He offers “confidential communion and secret counsel” to the righteous.
When reading Song of Solomon 2:14, it seems to draw the willing heart into a precious, intimate time with the Lord. It is enticing. May it call to each of us today and lead us to drop everything and give Him our affectionate, private attention.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
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Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
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