One Thing 10/2/17
S.S. 3:6, Who is this coming up from the wilderness
Like columns of smoke,
Perfumed with myrrh and frankincense,
With all scented powders of the merchant?
7 “Behold, it is the traveling couch of Solomon;
Sixty mighty men around it,
Of the mighty men of Israel.
8 “All of them are wielders of the sword,
Expert in war;
Each man has his sword at his side,
Guarding against the terrors of the night.
9 “King Solomon has made for himself a sedan chair
From the timber of Lebanon.
10 “He made its posts of silver,
Its back of gold
And its seat of purple fabric,
With its interior lovingly fitted out
By the daughters of Jerusalem.
11 “Go forth, O daughters of Zion,
And gaze on King Solomon with the crown
With which his mother has crowned him
On the day of his wedding,
And on the day of his gladness of heart.”
Song of Solomon 6:6–11 speaks of the victorious risen Christ coming up out of the wilderness of this fallen world having overcome everything that He faced, including death, taking us, as believers, into union with Him as He carries us, in Christ, through the wilderness of this fallen world of temptation and spiritual warfare. Our new birth, the moment Jesus brought us into union with Him, was “the day of His gladness of heart.” We, as the Bride of Christ, are referred to as His “crown of beauty” in Isaiah 62.
Is. 62:3-5, “You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD,
And a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
It will no longer be said to you, “Forsaken,”
Nor to your land will it any longer be said, “Desolate”;
But you will be called, “My delight is in her,”
And your land, “Married”;
For the LORD delights in you,
And to Him your land will be married.
For as a young man marries a virgin,
So your sons will marry you;
And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
So your God will rejoice over you.”
As His beloved, in union with Him, we are His great delight. He doesn’t just delight in us as one other thing He delights in; instead, He says, “My delight IS IN HER.” He rejoices over us because we are His glory. Just think, if the moment I became one with him in Christ (at my new birth) was the day of His gladness of the heart, then of course there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because when He sees us He thinks of us as altogether beautiful, without spot or blemish, even in our weakness and imperfections.
S.S. 4:7 “You are altogether beautiful, my darling,
And there is no blemish in you.”