1 By night on my bed I sought the one I love; I sought him but I did not find him.
2 “I will rise now,” I said, “and go about the city; In the streets and in the squares, I will seek the one I love.” I sought him, but I did not find him.
3 The watchmen who go about the city found me; I said, “Have you seen the one I love?”
4 Scarcely had I passed by them, when I found the one I love. I held him and would not let him go, Until I had brought him to the house of my mother, and into the chamber of her who conceived me.
5 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or by the does of the field, do not stir up nor awaken love until it pleases (Song of Solomon 3:1-5).
The Shulemite was having one of those restless nights when she couldn’t sleep because all she could think about was the one she loved. That state of mind has landed on most of us. We toss, we turn, and thrust ourselves out of bed to go find the one we love. But there are barriers that prevent us from doing that. The watchmen, for example. Those are probably angels that God sent to turn us back to our beds. But no, we persevere, and we find him or her. Then the Holy Spirit steps in and guides us to a good ending. The Shulemite takes him to her proper mother’s house.
I’m so glad we have a Father who watches all our activities and prevents us, through angels, through good conscience, or however, to abandon our desire for sin and to do the right thing in the end. Mama would not want her daughter spending the night with this man. Then the Shulemite charges the chorus of women to keep her beloved asleep until it was appropriate for him to be awake.