The bride and groom have found one another again. They are delighting in the sight of each other. His desire definitely shows through.
I want to keep telling this couple that love is more than skin deep but they can’t hear me. So, I will remind you (and me) instead.
Our groom is so overwhelmed with his bride’s beauty that he asks her to turn her eyes away. He is captivated by her! He would probably do anything she asked of him at this time. That’s probably how Solomon got himself into so much trouble with false gods.
The groom goes back to using some of the same flattering words from before to describe her. He does add a part about other women being unable to compare to her. She is the “perfect one, is the only one” (6:9b). The other women aren’t jealous of her but call her blessed and praise her.
She answers his praises by speaking of checking out the nut orchard. Her mind wandered to her beloved and she came to find him. I’m not sure if this ‘orchard’ is a place she was visiting or she was thinking over the words of her beloved calling her his garden and contemplating that ‘gardens offerings’ and that got her thinking about him. She will do whatever she needs to do to be with him.
After hearing about their relationship, the ‘others’ want to ‘see for themselves’ their relationship. Her groom tells them ‘No’ for her. She is his alone. And his words become even more longing for physical intimacy with her. He aches to touch her and make her his completely. And she is ready for that intimacy too. The time is nearly here!
I have a t-shirt that says; “I want to be so full of Christ that when a mosquito bites me, it goes away singing There is Power in the Blood.” The description of the deepening longing between the bride and groom reminds me of this shirt. I want to be FILLED with the Holy Spirit, from finger tip to finger tip and top of my head to the sole of my feet. I want to be one with Him in love for others. I want to be His hands and feet as He reaches out. I want His words to flow from my mouth. That intimacy is what I crave. And it is what He is building in me day by day. I have a way to go before I can come close to this desire.
Another longing I have is to see my Savior face to face. I know it will happen, but the wait is sometimes almost too much to bear. It will probably happen the moment I fill the previous desire.
I’m human, and humans make mistakes. I will NOT beat myself up, or let Satan do it, when I fall. I will use each of those times to rise up stronger and closer to Him. NO MATTER WHAT THE OBSTACLE, we will walk it together. And His love will wash me clean every time I become dirty.
Lord Jesus, FILL me with Your Spirit. Be closer to me than any intimate partner can be. I want to walk with You wherever You go. I want to learn about You so I know You better than I even know myself. I also want to believe everything You say about me too. I want to see myself as You see me. What words would You use to describe me to ‘the others’? Would You call me ‘stubborn’ or ‘determined’ or maybe ‘dedicated’. I want to make You proud of me; to have You desire me as much as the groom did his bride.
“I already do! Daughter, sister of My Father, My beloved.” Thank You Jesus for saying this to my heart right now. My Brother, Son of my Father, my Beloved, my Savior, and my God.