9 Of the wood of Lebanon, Solomon the King made himself a palanquin;
10 He made its pillars of silver, its support of gold, its seat of purple,
its interior paved with love by the daughters of Jerusalem.
11 Go forth oh daughters of Zion, and see King Solomon
with the crown with which his mother crowned him on the day of his wedding,
The day of the gladness of his heart (Song of Solomon 3:9-11).
I’ve always heard, “Buy the best. If you can’t afford to buy the best, then don’t buy anything at all until you can afford to buy the best.” It sounds like that was Solomon’s motto. His couch on which he was carried about town seems to have been sumptuous! But what was even better was his crown. People were sent out into the streets to get a look at his crown. Plus, his mother, Bathesheba, put that crown on his head when he married. David, his father, had passed into heaven or he would have crowned his son. All was well by the time Solomon wore the crown. Israel lived in the greatest peace and prosperity the world has ever known. I’m sure everybody loved him for bringing all of them into “Shalom.”
6 Who is this coming out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all the merchant’s fragrant powders?
7 Behold, it is Solomon’s couch, with sixty valiant men around it,
Of the valiant of Israel.
8 They all hold swords, being expert in war. Every man has his sword on his thigh because of fear in the night (Song of Solomon 3:6–8).
The Shulamite woman sees the one she loves as being someone magnificent! When was the last time you made your loved ones know that you see them as being magnificent? They are, you know. They are the creation of God, specially made for you.
Recently, as I stood behind my book table, a man and his wife stopped in front of me and whispered to each other. His eyes simply flashed with love for her. I couldn’t see her face nor hear what they were saying, but I could tell by her body language that she was receiving every word of love that he was saying. What were they demonstrating? Romance. Where has romance gone? Did we kill it with our NPDA? No Public Display of Affection? What’s the matter with the church? The world goes round and round on the wheels of love! Life is a love story!
Solomon was carried on a couch. So are we. Here we are, on our couch, hopefully enjoying our life on earth filled with romance, while sixty angels are ranged around us, protecting us, hiding us from the terrors of the night. Go ahead and enjoy this life! God made every day just for you. Wake up! Ask what He’s got in store for you today and let Him have His way with you! You have nothing to fear because the expert warriors are by your side!