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!