Song of Solomon 1:2
THE SHULAMITE: Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth-For your love is better than wine.
This song is obviously directed to the individual believer, one already committed to the Lord for life, someone who wants more out of the relationship and realizes it is going to take a tremendous surrender on their part. In the first phrase of this sentence, the Shulamite woman is speaking out loud, expressing her desires perhaps to an empty room, but in the third person about someone she wants to be close to. In the second part of the phrase she takes a more aggressive stance and speaks as if directly to the person she wants to kiss her. It reminds me of a pubescent girl in her first crush, alone in her bedroom as she daydreams out loud about the one she loves.
In the same way, we fall in love with Jesus Christ and discover His love is better than any of the trappings we have in our earthly love relationships. Shortly after my husband announced we would not have sex ever again, I was sitting in a large convention center with some friends, and instead of listening to the very boring preacher, I fumed at the Lord that it was not fair that I could never have sex again. After all, sex is the epitome of ecstasy in the physical realm. The Lord asked if I would like to feel what His love was like. Of course, I said yes. Suddenly, my body was filled with every known and unknown passionate expression, far, far, far better than any sex I’d ever had.
He asked me if I wanted to trade that for the heights of worldly passion I had sometimes known. “No way! Never! This love is better than anything I’ve ever experienced.” Plus, I can have this love anytime I want. I can live in it!
Song of Solomon 1:1
The song of songs, which is Solomon's.
According to 1 Kings 4:32, King Solomon, son of David, third king of Israel, spoke three thousand proverbs and one thousand and five songs. This song was considered his best. His scribes wrote down the words he spoke as if for a stage play of the times. In other words, it was written for a protagonist, an antagonist, and a chorus to narrate the proceedings; thus, we have the Shulamite, King Solomon our main character, and the chorus, also known as the Daughters of Jerusalem. This song, in truth, is about our sweet, fragrant relationship with the Lord in the secret places of our hearts. There is no love deeper than the love God has for us. There is no love sweeter to the Lord than that expressed by His children as they delicately peel away the hard cover of their hearts and reveal the tender intimacy they have with Him. The challenge for Solomon in writing this greatest of his songs, and for me in discussing it, was to expose, and more than just “adequately,” present the love of God for us.
As we go through the Song of Songs, analyze your own love relationship with God. Just how deep is it? How much will you allow Him to love you? What is His manner of love toward you? How do you show Him your love for Him? Keep your own journal; ask yourself the hard questions, and record your answers.
17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height– 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:17–19).
(Taken from “Destined for Love” written by the author)
In my early walk with the Lord, I hastened to every anointed meeting I could find and especially looked for ones with good music that honored and loved God. One night, as I stood with all the others, my arms stretched toward Heaven, my body bristled with desire to let God know how much I loved Him. While singing my love from the depths of my being, suddenly, I came back to myself.
“Lord,” I said, “how come I’m giving You all this love, and I don’t feel anything coming back to me? Here I am, my fingertips straining to caress You, my arms desperately reaching for You, and my body swaying with the music in the delight of loving You. My love for You feels like a freight train rushing up from my toes and racing into Heaven to deliver carload after carload of love. And from You there is nothing. Why is that?”
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen (1 John 5:21).
Here’s John’s last instruction. If we don’t follow this one, we will be in deep trouble. We are to guard ourselves against idols. Anything can be an idol. Just look at people on drugs who have made drugs an idol in their lives. They have to have it! Anything can be like that. Anything can drag us away from Jesus Christ; that’s why it is so important to spend quality time with Him.
I’m not a quality time person, I’m a words person. You want to butter me up? Use words. But Jesus? He’s a quality time person. He doesn’t want every encounter to be a strategy meeting. He simply wants to be with you and to have your full attention. He wants to impart things to you, and He can’t do that while you are agitatedly in the room with Him, but your mind is elsewhere. Things you think you must attend to are probably your idols. Things that come to your mind while you are Practicing His Presence, and you put away your spiritual prayer cloth and run to the phone, or to the computer, or whatever, these are idols, something you deem to be more important than Jesus. Make Him your idol! Make Him your Perfect Everything. Go to Him first and find out what is happening in heaven before mopping up the mess you find yourself in. In fact, you’ll probably find out there is no mess.
The path of Jesus lies right in the middle of what you called a problem. Guard yourself from making your mess, making your problem, bigger than Jesus. Lean on Him. Don’t bother with your own understanding. He’ll make your path straight. Yes, He will!
And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life (1 John 5:20).
He is our Perfect Everything. We don’t need other gods. In comparison to The Truth, we have and know about God our Father, Jesus Christ His Son, and their Holy Spirit. Where else can we go to find such satisfaction, such completion? Here on earth we only know in part, like seeing through a haze or a cloudy mirror. But in heaven—in our eternal life—we will know it all. Even now our eternal life has already started because we made Jesus our Lord. He lives inside of us with His Father and the Holy Spirit, and we can already know all things. We have the mind of Christ. It’s just a matter of standing still in the dizziness of distractions and KNOW that He is God. He’ll give us every answer we need!
We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one (1 John 5:19).
The whole earth is like a playing field, and there are only two teams on that field—us and them. Either we are with Christ, or we are against Christ. If an unbeliever tells us that he just hasn’t made up his mind yet, he has. He has chosen the other team without even making an X in the box that indicates his membership. No one can miss the mightiness of God our Father. Nor His creativity. No one really has an excuse for not choosing Jesus to be their Lord. However, our compassionate Father sends us out to explain and demonstrate what every creature knows internally: only God created the heavens and the earth and put everything into motion that we see and know today. Only God sent His Son, part of Himself, to pay for our sins, our sicknesses, our failures, our prosperity, our peace, and so on. . . . There is only One, and there is only One way to reach Him—through Jesus. After that, we are given God’s own Holy Spirit to live His life through us, a life of plenty, a life of peace, a life of righteousness. Only God!
We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him (1 John 5:18).
Oh, my. This sounds like a conflict, doesn’t it? I said I sin, and believers are sinners, yet here it says that those who are born again do not sin. Step back a minute and look at this truth. There is sin that misses the mark. There is also sin that is hatched in hell. A believer has a new spirit. This new spirit comes from God and is the image of God. It’s who we really are. This new spirit cannot plot and carry out deliberate sin. The mind might manufacture some fanciful ideas about getting revenge, etc., but our new spirit will not allow the action. We’re no longer made that way. Like the Scripture says, we keep ourselves. Now I know deadly gossip can run rampant in a church and wound many members. Just remember this. Our God does not gossip about His children, nor is He happy when gossip happens. Don’t let the devil touch you. You hold your tongue and the gossip will soon end.
All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death (I John 5:17).
Iniquity, according to my dictionary, is “gross sin—wickedness, scandalous, injustice.” Yet even these will not put someone to death. Even these will not deny someone entrance into heaven, IF they are in Christ. All sin is forgiven there. The word sin covers a large territory, from the slightest offense to the most disgusting behavior man can devise. My W.E. Vine dictionary says it means, in Greek, “a missing of the mark.” What mark might that be? God. We aim for the highest, and we fall short. In that case, I sin every day. And every day I am forgiven! The Blood of Jesus sits on the altar in heaven and speaks in my behalf. “Marty has given her life to Jesus! Keep your hands off of her!” Glory Be to God!
If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that (1 John 5:16).
John is coming to the end of his letter, and he has saved the big climax for the end. What is the unforgiveable sin? What does he warn us not to pray for? The only thing that can stand between us and heaven is to deny that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He came to save us. To deny the Deity of Christ, is to deny God and all He has to give us. The whole world, with the exception of the few atheists among us, believe there is a God, but when it comes to the exclusivity of Jesus Christ, that He is the only way, the only truth, and the only life, that only through Him can we approach our Father in Heaven, as we Americans say, that’s where the rubber meets the road, or the debris hits the fan. That Truth is what separates the believers from the sinners. We believers are no longer considered to be sinners, even though we sin. We know we are forgiven. The world can’t know that wonderful state of existence, to be able to stand before God as pure as the driven snow! Because of Jesus.
And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions
that we have asked of Him (1 John 5:15).
We can never go wrong praying according to what the Bible says. We don’t have to beg God for anything. In fact, begging tends to land on a closed ear. Faith opens God’s ears wide! We know that we have the thing for which we asked. What other so called “god” offers such joy to the people who believe in that false god? They have nothing to offer except a morose life full of disappointment. Whereas we, we know! We are certain that if He hears our prayers, He will answer them gladly. And how does He hear? Because we have prayed according to His will. It’s His will that we have everything we need. It’s His will that we have the desires of our heart.
You don’t believe me? READ YOUR BIBLE! It makes Him happy to see His children happy! Any parent will say the same thing.