Thursday, April 12, 2007

My Beloved's

Recently I added a picture to the bottom of my blog, with a Scripture from the greatest Song. "I am my Beloved's and He is mine." (Song 6:3) I have been a student of the Song of Songs for nearly a decade. My favorite application is allegorical--seeing Jesus as the Bridegroom and Christians as the bride. The message that Jesus is the Bridegroom has radically changed my life.

Here are some characteristics about God that I’ve delved into because of this bridal understanding:

God sings over you. What a beautiful picture. This truth comes against any lies about God being angry at our weakness as we try to live for Him. He is delighted you are part of His family. He can’t help himself! He bursts out into song over you. (The entire Song of Songs is evidence of one song we will sing with Him one day.)

The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 (NKJV)

He rejoices over you. Again, because you said “yes” to Him, you are now His “lily among thorns.” In a world of people who reject Him, you are an oasis of love for the Bridegroom’s heart. (Song 2:2—“as the lily among thorns, so is My love among the daughters”)

and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so will your God rejoice over you.” Isaiah 62:5b (MKJV)

There are pleasures at His right hand, in His presence (here and in eternity). When I truly gave myself, in full belief, to this truth, I spent much more time with Him. What I used to call “prayer” became a vital, living communion with Jesus, the Bridegroom God. Because His message to me through His Word was acceptance (Ephesians 1:6 “to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved.”) and affirmation (He calls us ‘beloved’ and ‘My love’) I opened my heart to Him. And He answered my prayers and revealed Himself to Me. (John 14:21He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me. And he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will reveal Myself to him.” and Song of Songs 1:2 -- “Let Him kiss me with the kisses of His mouth; for Your loves are better than wine.” (MKJV)

“You will make Me know the way of life; in Your presence is fullness of joys. At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11, MKJV)

The kisses of God. These are those instances when you experience a new, life-giving revelation of the Lord—a truth about Him settles deeply in your spirit as an ‘ah-hah’ moment. This happens at the conjunction of prayer with reading and studying His Word (the Bible). In the Song of Songs, the bride (believers) ask for the kisses of the Bridegroom God (Jesus). We want Him to speak to us.

Let Him kiss me with the kisses of His mouth; for Your loves are better than wine.(Song of Songs 1:2, MKJV)

We’ve found that His love is better than any other pleasure on earth. We discover the truth in Jesus’ words from Scripture “People shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” (see Matthew 4:4) In other words, true life, abundant life is a by-product of a living, vital relationship with the One who rejoices over us, our Bridegroom God.

May His words delight your soul today and give you joy in His presence.

1 comment:

L.L. Barkat said...

the kisses of God... now there's an image to take into a day...