Scripture Reading: Song of Solomon 5
“I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved,” Song of Solomon 5:1.
Father God we thank you for the priviledge of a relationship with you. We thank you for your Word makes evident the reality of a relationship with you.
Today, as we read from the Song of Solomon 5, I want us to internalize the Word and pray for the grace of such a relationship with the living God. There are different levels of relationship with the Lord Jesus. On the first level we surrender our lives to Him at salvation. We come to Him just as we are; He washes away our sin with His blood and restores us into fellowship with God. But what is fellowship without intimacy? Intimacy is what makes relationships last. If the relationship is just discussion, after a while you will be bored. When you upgrade from fellowship to intimacy, you are on a good track. This means you are always sensitive to His Presence, absence, and silence; you are sensitive to His appearance, disappearance, and the mention of His name; all your thoughts are about Him.
God’s Word says, “I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse,” Song of Solomon 5:1. Jesus is the Beloved, the one who is actively in love, actively manifesting His love for us. (It is possible for the Lord to be your brother and your spouse because He is our elder brother and we are the Bride of Christ).
He continues, “I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved. I sleep, but my heart waketh; it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh saying, “Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night,” Song of Solomon 5:1-2.
When you are asleep, does your heart sleep or is it awake, listening for the voice of your beloved? When you sleep, do you hear the Lord saying open your heart to me? Do you go and open your heart to him or do you say, “I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them,” verse 3. In essence you are saying, “Lord, I’ve had a hectic day, I’m tired now, I want to sleep, I don’t have time to think thoughts of You right now.” Verse 4 says, “My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him.” When He puts his hand by the hole of the door of your heart, are you moved for him? “I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock. I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone; my soul failed when he spake,” verses 5–6.
Has this ever happened to you, when you know you were meant to have fellowship with the Lord, meant to open your heart to Him, but you delayed and by the time you turned around, the anointing had lifted? “I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer,” verse 6. The Word continues, saying she went looking for him, charging everybody, asking if they had seen her beloved. When you miss the Presence of the Lord do you just say, well if He’s gone, let me continue sleeping? Or, do you wake up and say where are you Lord? Where is your Word? Do you go knocking everywhere looking for the Lord? For the Word of God says she described the Beloved as “chiefest among ten thousands. His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven. His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set. His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh. His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl: his belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires. His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold: his countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars. His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely,” verses 10–16.
I encourage you to study Song of Solomon 5, put yourself in this picture, and ask yourself what you would do. Can you describe the Lord? Can you describe His mouth as most sweet? Will your words echo that He is altogether lovely?
I pray today that you will know Him personally. I pray that you will go from relationship to fellowship and then you will go from fellowship to intimacy. In intimacy you need to get to the place where you can describe Him. But it all starts with salvation. We get undefiled at salvation. Are you one of the undefiled?
Today, we are talking about intimacy, being sensitive to the Holy Spirit, recognizing Him. If you have never ever had this experience, pray with me now, “Lord Jesus, I want a relationship with you that is intimate. Write my name in the book of life and give me a personal encounter with you, that I would be able to say your mouth is most sweet, ye you are altogether lovely to my generation, in Jesus’ name.” Amen.